Tiny Core 7.2 booted from a USB pen drive without any problems.
Scottie4442 has tried out Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18, Fedora 25, Centos 7 and Windows 10 pro. pfsense worked, but without wifi as the supplied wireless card is not supported in FreeBSD. (You can obviously fit a different card if you want to use pfsense).
In February 2021 I installed Linux Mint and am using one for the occasional Zoom meeting.
These days booting an installed OS is more complex than it used to be what with MBR/GPT/Legacy/EFI/Secure Boot/... options. In March 2021 I heard from Erik:
I've been trying to install Debian on a t620 on the mSATA drive. I created a bootable USB with Rufus using debian-10.8.0-amd64-netinst.iso and GPT partition scheme default other settings. The t620 booted off the USB fine and it seemed to install fine but when I came to boot from the internal mSATA it said there was 'no boot disk'.
After a lot of googling, I found Boot Repair. I installed the boot repair iso on a USB with Rufus using the same settings as before and booted off that. I then used the 'Recommended Repair' button and now its booting ok!
Interestingly, I had tried installing Lubuntu 20.04.2 earlier with similar problems, but then read there should have been an 'erase disk' option in the partition setup. If it's missing it means a swap partition on the disk is mounted. the command:
sudo swapoff -a
unmounts it. The erase disk option was then available and partitioning using that let the t620 boot off the drive also.
In May 2021 I heard from Fredrik, another Debian user:
I just installed Debian (debian-10.9.0-amd64-netinst.iso) on my t620. All went well except that X11 wouldn't start. Here are the changes I made to get it going:
- Edited two lines in
/etc/apt/sources.listand added "
non-free" and "
contrib" to those:
deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster main non-free contrib
deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster main non-free contrib
- Installed the firmware needed that is not included in the free Debian repositories:
apt-get install intel-microcode firmware-misc-nonfree firmware-amd-graphics firmware-realtek
It still complains about some firmware files missing for the graphics, but I ignore those for now. The possible missing firmware is
/lib/firmware/amdgpu/vega20_asd.binfor module amdgpu
CPU wise I guess the t620 with my 2 core version, is a little like a lazy RPi 4 :)
Any comments? email me. Added April 2017 Last update May 2021