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FreeBSD on Orange Pi 5 Plus

July 17th, 2023

Hardware Specifications

SoC ModelRockchip RK3588 (8nm LP process)
SoC ArchitectureARMv8-A 64-bit, 8-core,  big.LITTLE
4xCortex-A76, 4xCortex-A55
and separate NEON co-processors
CPU FrequencyA76 : 2.4GHz, A55 : 1.8GHz
GPUArm Mali-G610/Built-in 3D GPU
NPUEmbedded NPU supports INT4/INT8/INT16/FP16, with up to 6Tops
eMMC 5.1 NAND Flash32GB/64GB/256GB eMMC (optional) up to 400MB/s
Internal Interfaces
M.2 M-KeyM.2 slot supporting 2280 NVMe SSD
M.2 E-Key M.2 slot that supports Wi-Fi6/BT modules
External Interfaces
Ethernet2 x PCIe 2.5G Ethernet ports (RTL8125BG)
USB Type-CUSB 3.0 Type-C(DP)
USB2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
RTC Batteryyes
PowerUSB Type-C 5V/4A

FreeBSD 14.0 RELEASE does not support the RK3588 SoC, but thanks to Tianocore EDKII UEFI it is possible to use different operating systems, including FreeBSD.
It was necessary to add a USB 2.0 driver for ACPI mode and fix the operation of the UART driver in this mode.

And now FreeBSD can be run on OrangePi 5 Plus from an SD card.
The OS itself does not yet have a driver for an SD card and eMMC, but the system can be installed on a USB FLASH or NVMe SSD.

HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, NVMe, Ethernet will work.

You can try installing FreeBSD on OrangePi 5 Plus.

  1. Download the bootable SD card image.
  2. Burn it to SD.
  3. Insert the SD card into the device and turn on the power.
  4. After the OS starts, log in as root and run bsdinstall to install on an SSD or USB HDD.


Boards, SoCs, Vendors

Radxa Team

May 12th, 2021
  • Radxa Team is a startup founded 2013, focusing on design, manufacture and sell Open Source Hardware products.
  • Radxa® also provides custom designing, prototyping and software/hardware integration services.
  • Radxa® is pronounced as [reksə].
    The name is from the Latin word radix which means root.
  • Radxa® is a registered trade mark by Radxa Limited in Shenzhen, China.

Radxa Team is a group of young people who love computers and all kinds of geeks.

SoftwareSoftwareOperationHardwareProduct ManagerSoftware


Rock Pi:




Firefly Team

May 12th, 2021

Firefly is a Team formed in 2014 by T-Chip Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd, focused on the research and development of open source intelligent hardware.

Firefly creates a platform full of scientific and technological creativity that makes product research and development efficient and simple so that creators can collect ideas and share them all together.

T-Chip Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. specializes in providing hardware and software services and is committed to lowering the threshold for technological innovation to accelerate the integration of smart technology and life.

Firefly has released over 10 platforms and attracted over 200 000 community developers.

Firefly specializes in multi-platform application development as well as cloud service support, hardware schematics, and industrial design.

Firefly launches a series of products under the Station PC brand.

Station PC is the new Firefly series of single board computers that continues the open source functionality of Firefly and is more suitable for computer geeks.

In addition to its powerful configuration, this series is also supported by multiple operating systems, dedicated apps and player forums, allowing you to play and unleash your full creativity.




January 11th, 2021


Pine64 initially operated as Pine Microsystems Inc. (Fremont, California), founded by TL Lim, the inventor of the PopBox and Popcorn Hour series of media players sold under the Syabas and Cloud Media brands.

In 2015 Pine Microsystems offered its first product, the Pine A64, a single-board computer designed to compete with the popular Raspberry Pi in both power and price. The A64 was first funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding drive in December 2015 which raised over $1.7 million. The Kickstarter project was overshadowed by delays and shipping problems. The original Kickstarter page referred to the Pine64 Inc. based in Delaware, but all devices for the Kickstarter campaign were manufactured and sold by Pine Microsystems Inc. based in Fremont, California.

In January 2020, Pine Microsystems Inc. was dissolved while Pine Store Limited was incorporated on December 5, 2019 in Hong Kong. As of late 2020, the standard form contract of binds all orders to the laws of Malaysia, while the products are shipped from warehouses in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, PRC.


Kobol Team

January 7th, 2021

The Kobol Team is a group of passionate people based in Singapore who love to build and design their own network and data storage appliances. Our background ranges from aerospace industry to data science, gathering a wide spectrum of engineering skills and experiences. We strongly believe in open source and always held the vision to create an open platform to let people express their creativity and hack around. Helios4, the Open Source and Open Hardware Network Attached Storage, was our first project and our way to contribute back to the OSS community. After this first successful project, we decided to create the company Kobol Innovations Pte. Ltd. and to put all our energy in extending our range of NAS products and solutions.

KOBOL INNOVATIONS PTE. LTD. (the “Company”) is a Exempt Private Company Limited by Shares, incorporated on 22 June 2018 (Friday) in Singapore. The address of the Company’s registered office is at the TONG ENG BUILDING building. The Company’s principal activity is development of other software and programming activities n.e.c. with manufacture of computers and peripheral equipment n.e.c. as the secondary activity.