I bought an orange pi zero plus and want to make a wifi access point that passes all traffic of the connected devices through tor.

Simply I wanted a dev board that has gigabit ethernet and wifi for access point, and is as cheap as possible.

I want to create a secure pathway through tor. So I installed Tails(not specifically but for the sake of its features) on my sd card and tried to turn my Pi on, but nothing, not even led's glow. I am sure that power adapter is working fine and same is ethernet cable.

Does Tails has to do with any of this? I assumed that most of lightweight distros can run pretty fine on new dev boards. Should I install armbian instead of tails? if yes, then why won't tails work?


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Some Orange Pi components are in the mainline kernel and some are not. To have a full running Linux OS, you should use armbian. If you want to use another distro than Debian/Ubuntu, you need to use Yocto in order to build your own image. There is a recipe for the Allwinner used in the Orange Pi Zero.


Are you sure Tails supports the Orange Pi?

The System requirements page implies it only supports x86_64 based hardware:


  • Orange Pi is 64-bit architecture built. Have a look here: orangepi.org/OrangePiZeroPlus
    – K_lash96
    Dec 2, 2019 at 3:25
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    The orange pi uses a 64bit Arm processor, not a x86_64 processor
    – hardillb
    Dec 2, 2019 at 7:25
  • Oh so arm doesn't work as x86? I might have been wrong about this. So tails cannot run here.
    – K_lash96
    Dec 2, 2019 at 8:10
  • No, Arm and x86/x86_64 are totally different CPU architectures, you can not interchange them.
    – hardillb
    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:42

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