[clug] SheevaPlug alternatives?

Ahmed El Zein ahmed at azein.com
Sat Mar 5 07:06:35 MST 2011

I just stumbled across this:

The Efika MX Smarttop is a cloud computer with the following specifications:

Freescale i.MX515 (ARM Cortex-A8 800MHz)
3D Graphics Processing Unit
WXGA display support (HDMI)
Multi-format HD video decoder and D1 video encoder
8GB Internal SSD
10/100Mbit/s Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n WiFi
SDHC card reader
2x USB 2.0 ports
Audio jacks for headset
Built-in speaker
Size: 160x115x20mm
Weight: 250 grams

I am thinking of getting one to see how it fares against the new apple
TV Bob was talking about. I can't figure out what the shipping costs
are, but once I do....

Linux Devices have an article on it here:


On Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 5:47 PM, Stephen Gibson
<Stephen.Gibson at anu.edu.au> wrote:
> Apple TV 2G is a neat little device. Unfortunately, my attempted
> jail break met with "Apple TV could not be restored. This device isn't
> eligible for the requested build".
> Apparently, Apple/iTunes will no longer sign off on the 4.0 firmware, and
> the new firmware 4.1 (iOS 4.2.1) does not yet have a jail break. Hopefully,
> in the near future.
> Steve.
>> As much as I don't want to promote Apple products whilst they are
>> so keen on their iStore vendor-lockin software model, I can't help
>> looking at the Apple TV 2 ($129 off-the-self from Mac1 here in
>> Canberra) which has 1GHz ARM, 8GB Flash, USB, 10/100/1000 Ethernet
>> and Wi-Fi. Although it runs iOS (FreeBSD kernel), it can be jail-
>> broken, then run up SSH on it and off you go (we have one here doing
>> just that). No fan, integrated AC supply, small and cute. May also
>> run Linux one day soon...
>> Also has HDMI, in case you want to use it as an Internet TV device...
>> Also comes with an IR Remote Control: could be useful for something...
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