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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:10 pm    Post subject: Recommend SheevaPlug/DreamPlug alternative? Reply with quote

I've been a big fan of the SheevaPlug; however, when one of my plugs died because of the built-in power supply failing, I realized it was nothing more than novelty and cannot be relied upon for serious stuff. The reports of other SheevaPlug power supplies failing and the surprising 30 day warranty from the vendor causes me to post an inquiry here for an alternative.

Can anyone recommend an alternative to the SheevaPlug? I've really enjoyed building Gentoo on the SheevaPlug and pretty much having any application working thereon. I even set up cross-compiling with some of my powerful machines. I have some projects that could use a fully capable server running on a small footprint and drawing less than 30 watts. Does anyone have any recommendations of hardware that has a proven ability to run Gentoo's Linux on it?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard good things about the Efika from Genesi and IIRC, some Gentoo devs have one and are maintaining stages for it.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

avx wrote:
I heard good things about the Efika from Genesi and IIRC, some Gentoo devs have one and are maintaining stages for it.


Thank you.

To save someone from having to search around, here are the salient facts This unit costs $129. Size: 160x115x20mm
Weight: 250 grams. Power consumption: 5 watts. Here are the specs:

Freescale i.MX515 (ARM Cortex-A8 800MHz)
3D Graphics Processing Unit
WXGA display support (HDMI)
Multi-format HD video decoder and D1 video encoder (currently not supported by the included software)
512MB RAM
8GB Internal SSD
10/100Mbit/s Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n WiFi
SDHC card reader
2 x USB 2.0 ports
Audio jack for headset
Built-in speaker
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://dev.gentoo.org/~darkside/arm/efikamx/install/install.xml - the guide I meant.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No alternative, but you can easily remove the damaged power-supply of your SheevaPlug and replace it by an external power source. A common 5V power supply will suffice as long as it is able to provide 1A (= 1000 mA) or more. It will cost you less than 5 EUR (~7 USD) to obtain one.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
the surprising 30 day warranty


At least they make clear their own opinion on
the quality of their product :(
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Later this month, the Raspberry Pi will be on sale for $35 (Model B). Without case/PSU/HDD, but still.

If you are willing to consider x86, the ZBox nano AD10 will set you back around $250. Power consumption is between 11-25W.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very interested by this Rasberry Pi. But :

  • will it be fully supported under Gentoo ? (any document for that ?)
  • I have the need to convert on the fly some AVI/MP4/... to MPEG 2 (for broadcast to my settop box). Is this device powerful enough for that ? I know it has some hardware to decode MP4 but I wonder if it can transcode as well for a network broadcast.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Raspberry Pi will be shipped with Fedora, so it is very likely that Gentoo will run on it as well. For some graphics functions, proprietary software is necessary though. I don't expect that it will have the ability to transcode H.264 in realtime.
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