[clug] recommendations for ARM desktop, server?
voltagex at voltagex.org
Sat Dec 7 14:30:57 MST 2013
On 5 December 2013 12:42, Bob Edwards <bob at cs.anu.edu.au> wrote:
> Anyone on list using an ARM-based Desktop? What are the recommendations
> for local suppliers etc.? I am thinking of something somewhat larger
> than your average RaspPi, or other "thin clients".
I haven't found one that I'd use as a desktop or laptop replacement
(Chromebook maybe?), but as you might remember I've tried a fair few ;)
Despite being really slow, I haven't found a device with quite the range of
support that the Raspberry Pi has - there are so many people working on it
that anything else feels unsupported by comparison.
The one I'd be most comfortable using day-to-day would be the Cubieboard or
one of its variants - while I was writing this I found a comparison table
The Cubieboard has HDMI, SATA and 1GB of RAM (although one of the newer
revisions might have 2GB). It's relatively well supported by the
linux-sunxi community and I haven't had problems with hardware support.
I've also had great success with the Marvell/Globalscale DreamPlug for a
few years (no display on my variant though) so I'd thing the D2Plug would
be worth a shot. Note that this series seems to have very little vendor or
community support and the linux-arm guys look like they're going to break
support for the Guru/Dream/D2Plug in kernel 3.13...
I'd be interested to know if anyone on this list has tried anything from
very good and the vendor keeps the kernel patched and updated from
I've also got a "Udoo Dual" (Freescale iMX dual core) on my desk as a
reminder not to buy any more devices from Kickstarter - the vendor seems to
be relatively inexperienced and hasn't been able to update past a 3.0.x
There are a few other boards that seem to be targeted towards Android more
than Linux so it's worth making sure that there's proper mainline Linux
support before clicking Buy (I didn't!).
I have high hopes for the Improv board which is one of a few EOMA68
"compatible" boards which in theory would let you upgrade the thing at a
later date - http://makeplaylive.com/#/open-hardware/improv/discover
> Also, interested in hearing of any experiences on running LXC (Linux
> Containers) on ARM for virtual servers. What hardware have people tried
> this on? I am thinking I would like something with at least 2GB of RAM
> and some proper SATA ports for SSD or other block devices.
> I haven't had a chance to test it yet, but this looks interestinng -
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