I do realize the board is technically EOL, however it’s also supposed to be available until 2024. Needing to use Ubuntu 14 or 16 while at the same time not supporting a VM makes it incredibly difficult to reflash or work with this device. And most forum replies I see simply say it’s old and to use the nano. There are a couple of issues with this.
- If the board is available for two more years, it should have proper support.
- This install or set up process should have been updated over the years like the rest of the boards, not left behind on Ubuntu 16.
- Sdk manager does not support the tk1 which forces users to use a .run file that may or may not work, and flat out errors on a VM, this forces downgrading an actual computer to Ubuntu 16 just to work with the device.
- Telling customers to just use the nano is kind of insulting to all the tk1 users, if the board meets their needs they have no reason to upgrade to a nano.
- Intentionally leaving out the K1 while including every model later is unfair to the community behind it.
With all of that being said, I do own Jetson nano devices, I’m the dev that supports the emulation build for it.
However, that doesn’t excuse the fact the TK1 should still have proper support, and as a dev, watching users be told to simply get a newer device feels wrong, the correct solution would be to include the TK1 in sdk manager or make a way for it to work in VM. Expecting people to install Ubuntu 16 is also a bit unfair.
I know it sounds like I’m being a bit blunt on this one, and it’s because I know Nvidia is capable of doing this and properly supporting the device, they made a choice not to as far as I can tell.
If there is a reason that Nvidia was not able to include later Ubuntu or VM support, please let me know.
If there isn’t a reason, Nvidia, please address this issue.
People don’t magically just stop using a device when a manufacturer decides it’s end of life. They stay in circulation and use for many years later for a variety of purposes, and those users deserve to have the proper updated tools to work on the device, especially because it’s still available for two years.