[talk] other hardware suggestions

George Rosamond george at ceetonetechnology.com
Sat Dec 7 11:15:47 EST 2019

On 12/7/19 12:07 AM, Pat McEvoy wrote:
>> On Dec 6, 2019, at 18:55, George Rosamond <george at ceetonetechnology.com> wrote:
>> Not to distract from Patrick's thread, but I am looking at two needs
>> right now:
>> * some sort of well-supported amd64 hardware comparable in price and
>> specs to the PCEngine APU2. More than one NIC is good, but I'm wary of
>> relying on mSATA SSD's as Sony deprecated their line IIRC. m.2 seems to
>> be the next gen of storage for that world.
>> * similar hardware with four or more USB ports, for the role of a serial
>> console server. I assume there are still people out there not looking to
>> go rely on custom hardware for that role, and really assuming there are
>> some of us not living solely in the smog.
>> I am interested in others' experiences with the ethernet to serial
>> dongles for remote serial...
>> Not a fan of going the Intel NUC route, as closed hardware, locked down
>> BIOS' and endless binaries still doesn't excite me.
>> Also the ARM SoC game is played for me, so long as it's relying on
>> microSD cards, and the BSD ARM64 platforms still lag behind amd64
>> support AFAIK.
>> g
>> ______________________________________________
> It is still early days yet, but the Rock64 pro might fit the bill in days to come. Especially since the pro laptop has hit the market. I know some folks were buzzing about the possibilities at the last BSDCan. 

Yes, but again it's relying on microSD and eMMC which I also had bad
experiences with.  m.2 SSD or other SSD already proved a lot more
reliable to me.


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