[talk] APU2 post-mortem options

Dan Cross crossd at gmail.com
Fri May 12 15:57:48 EDT 2023

On Fri, May 12, 2023 at 2:10 PM George Rosamond
<george at ceetonetechnology.com> wrote:
> There's been some chatter on IRC and other places about ideal hardware
> options after APU2/PCEngines go away.
> amd64 remains the best-supported architecture, and aarch64 or RISC-V
> especially are not there yet. Oh, the dreams we all had years ago about
> aarch64...
> On that note, what similiar small fanless hardware are others looking at?

OnLogic makes some very nice kit that I'm running at home, but the
firmware story is sort of pedestrian there: UEFI+BIOS. I haven't
looked into seeing if I can get coreboot running or something like
that. But for fanless industrial computers, they have some very nice
options, though at a pricepoint rather higher than PCEngines did.

        - Dan C.

> There's the Qotom stuff, which I think ProtectCLI uses. And there's a
> variety of very small desktops (ThinkCentre M600, eg) that are nice and
> cheap, but one NIC and have useless things like HDMI, bluetooth and wifi
> which aren't ideal for servers. Plus idk about db9/serial...
> >1u in height is very common with those little desktops.
> So I guess I have two questions:
> Is it still amd64 or bust for the best stability and support?
> And then, what comes after APU2 for the many who use it?
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