Hey all, somewhat of a newbie rant here, sorry but just sharing some frustrations.
I’ve learned a lot about Home Assistant
I haven’t learned enough about Home Assistant
I haven’t learned enough about Linux
So at Christmas I got 2 RPi 4’s (1 2GB and 1 4GB) with the intent of using 1 for pi-hole and 1 for HA. Once I started working with the HA install I came across all the information about bad SD cards and what not, so I tried to make it boot from an SSD. We all know that is not officially supported and until recently didn’t work at all. So I gave up on that and then started reading about VM installations, so I spent quite a few hours trying to get a Virtualbox install working on my windows 10 machine. I could get a machine up and running pretty easily, but the issue was keeping it up and running. After a single power off/on via the virtual box console the machine would fail to reboot as the bootloader could not find a bootable drive. I started looking into other VM software, docker, proxmox, etc… and this brings me to what, as a beginner, I think is the biggest issue with HA is, all the ways it can be installed. There’s too many, it’s overwhelming for someone that hasn’t spent years working with Linux.
So here I am, I have the RPi back out and am trying to figure out the “best install method” for me. Something that is easy, stable, and will help me learn a little about linux maybe? The Ubuntu or the Raspberry Pi OS supervised installs seem good, and I might be able to boot from my SSD… but are supervised installs being depricated? Or just “other linux” installs??? So confusing, so many things are changing all the time. It seems like the HassOS (Home Assistant, new name incoming) install is maybe intended for people like me to be the “easy” installation method but if it only works on an SD card I don’t want to spend even more time, actually get some devices added, then have it fail, i’d rather just do a supervised install on an SSD.
So what method do you all recommend for me based on my stream of consciousness thoughts above?