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Upcoming devices looking promising, but not yet available for general sale. More than adequate boxes pending mainline kernel support for essential parts:

 * [[http://linux-sunxi.org/Xunlong_Orange_Pi_Plus_2E#Mainline_kernel|Orange Pi Plus 2E]]

Upcoming boxes looking promising, but not yet available for general sale:
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  * [[https://forum.armbian.com/index.php/topic/1925-some-storage-benchmarks-on-sbcs/#entry15318|brief comparison of ARM boards for NAS use]]

Cheap serverbox Hardware

Boxes matching or surpassing the DreamPlug in price and core features:

  • is supported in Debian (see stable armhf and testing armhf release notes, ARM multiplatform kernel notes, and similar notes for other archs).

  • includes case
  • fanless (in normal rooms, also on very hot days)
  • $160/€120 or cheaper
  • min. ½GB ram (for 32bit operation - likely min. 1GB for 64bit)
  • min. 1GHz CPU (for ARMv5 CPUs - different for other CPUs)
  • uSD slot, easy accessible
  • ethernet (proper builtin or on daughterboard, not "toys" like USB-attached or ENC28J60)

Boxes known to use high quality componets and wiring for essential parts:

  • Mainline kernel, covering all essential parts

  • SATA connection, efficiently wired

  • Gigabit ethernet, efficiently wired

Name

Speed (GHz)

Debian arch

Ram (GB)

disk (GB)

battery

SATA

Wifi

Ethernet speed

OSHW

Price (USD) incl. case

Banana Pi Pro

1x2

armhf/sunxi

1

-

-

(./)

n

1000

{X}

100

Cubieboard3/Cubietruck

1x2

armhf/sunxi

2

8

(./)

(./)

n

1000

{X}

100

OLinuXino A20 LIME2

1x2

armhf/sunxi

1

-

(./)

(./)

-

1000

(./)

56

Adequate

Boxes possibly using less than ideal componets or wiring for essential parts:

Name

Speed (GHz)

Debian arch

Ram (GB)

disk (GB)

battery

SATA

Wifi

Ethernet speed

OSHW

Price (USD) incl. case

APU.1D

1x2

amd64

2

-

-

(./)

-

1000x3

{X}

134

APU.1D4

1x2

amd64

4

-

-

(./)

-

1000x3

{X}

155

Banana Pi M3

2x8

armhf/sunxi

2

8

-

( (./) )

n

1000

{X}

150

BeagleBone Black C

1

armhf/omap

½

4

-

-

-

100

(./)

65

Cubieboard

1

armhf/sunxi

1

4

(./)

(./)

-

100

{X}

57

Cubieboard2

1x2

armhf/sunxi

1

4

(./)

(./)

-

100

{X}

67

Cubieboard2-Dual

1x2

armhf/sunxi

1

-

(./)

(./)

-

100

{X}

51

Cubieboard5/Cubietruck+

2x8

armhf/sunxi

2

8

(./)

( (./) )

n

1000

{X}

117

CuBox i2

1x2

armhf/freescale

1

-

-

-

-

1000

{X}

90

CuBox i2 eX

1x2

armhf/freescale

1

-

-

(./)

-

1000

{X}

120

CuBox i4Pro

1x4

armhf/freescale

2

-

-

(./)

n

1000

{X}

140

CuBoxTV 1GB

1x4

armhf/freescale

1

-

-

(./)

-

1000

{X}

100

CuBoxTV 2GB

1x4

armhf/freescale

2

-

-

(./)

-

1000

{X}

130

DreamPlug

1.2

armel/kirkwood

½

2

-

(./)

g

1000x2

{X}

159

HummingBoard Pro i1

1

armhf/freescale

½

-

-

-

-

100

{X}

127

HummingBoard Pro i2

1x2

armhf/freescale

1

-

-

-

-

100

{X}

144

HummingBoard Pro i2eX

1x2

armhf/freescale

1

-

-

(./)

-

1000

{X}

158

Intel DE3815TYKHE

1.4

amd64

+8

4

-

(./)

n

1000

{X}

159

ITEAD Core AW2041

1

armhf/sunxi

1

4

-

(./)

-

1000

{X}

82

ITEAD Core AW2042

1x2

armhf/sunxi

2

4

-

(./)

-

1000

{X}

97

MinnowBoard MAX

1.3x2

amd64

2

-

-

(./)

-

1000

{X}

165

MIPS Creator CI20

1.2x2

mipsel

1

8

(./)

-

-

100

{X}

65

MiraBox

1

armhf/armada

1

1

-

-

n

1000x2

{X}

149

ODroid C1+

1.5x4

armhf/amlogic

1

-

(./)

-

-

1000

{X}

37

ODroid C2

1.5x4→2x1

armhf/amlogic

2

-

(./)

-

-

1000

{X}

45

OLinuXino A10 LIME

1

armhf/sunxi

½

-

(./)

(./)

-

100

(./)

41

OLinuXino A20 LIME

1x2

armhf/sunxi

½

-

(./)

(./)

-

100

(./)

43

OLinuXino A20 MICRO

1x2

armhf/sunxi

1

-

(./)

(./)

-

100

(./)

69

Orange Pi Plus 2E

1.3x4

armhw/sunxi

2

16

-

-

n

1000

{X}

39

pcDuino 3S

1x2

armhf/sunxi

1

4

-

-

-

100

{X}

89

Radxa Rock Lite

1.6x4

armhf/rockchip

1

-

-

-

n

100

{X}

59

Radxa Rock Pro

1.6x4

armhf/rockchip

2

8

-

-

n

100

{X}

99

Sheeva Plug

1

armel/kirkwood

½

½

-

(./)

-

1000

{X}

99

Utilite Value

1

armhf/freescale

½

4

-

-

-

1000

{X}

134

Wandboard Solo

1

armhf/freescale

½

-

-

-

-

1000

{X}

114

Wandboard Dual

1x2

armhf/freescale

1

-

-

-

n

1000

{X}

132

Wandboard Quad

1x4

armhf/freescale

2

-

-

(./)

n

1000

{X}

162

Linksys WRT1200AC

1.3x2

armhf/armada?

½

¼

-

(./)

ac

1000x4

{X}

130

Legend:

  • + at RAM size indicates replaceable option.
  • ? at Debian arch indicates not yet fully supported.
  • b/g/n/ac at Wifi indicates newest supported protocol
  • + at Ethernet speed indicates switch ports
  • ( (./) ) at SATA indicates inferior USB bridge interface

  • → at Speed means "from to", i.e. "1.5x4→2x1" means that 1.5 GHz with 4 cores as well as 2 GHz with 1 core is possible — and potentially further steps inbetween.

Promising

More than adequate boxes pending mainline kernel support for essential parts:

Upcoming boxes looking promising, but not yet available for general sale:

Unsuitable

Raspberry Pi boards might become usable if alternative firmware works and gets packaged for Debian.

Devices too expensive not listed here (that'd be a looong list).

Kernel

Wiring

Licensing

OSHW

A hardware equivalent of Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG) is OpenSource Hardware (OSHW).

Beware of similar looking labeling like "Open hardware". Might be just a typo, but is often used when e.g. publishing a PDF but not sources for board schematics.

Also beware of boards (correctly) labelled as OSHW, where System-on-Chip is on a non-OSHW daughter board.

Misc


CategoryHardware