Suggestions for Low Power School Server Hardware

A couple of weeks ago, I asked the OLPC server mailing list for suggestions about what low power server hardware I might start playing with.  Here are some of the responses:

Sameer has been using a fanless system from Solid Logic for about $399.  He also mentioned a $290 solution, the fitpc2i. Both of these use the Intel Atom processor, and run with the current XS software. (I bought a fitpc2i $290)

Most of the responses, on the mailing list were in response to a suggestion that the school server run on a new ARM processor. The XO-1.75 was proposed as a good candidate, though Martin Langhoff said there would be some wrinkles that needed work.

When I complained about all the dongle clutter needed to get an XO to function as an XS, there were suggestions to get an AP that runs off of 12V, and maybe just use a large capacity SD card.

Peter Robinson suggested a Trimslice H, because they “they tend to have more CPU power
and memory which would be better for the server stuff”. I bought a “Trimslice H” to play with ($280).

RiHoward suggested:  “I have not used a TonidoPlug2 but am tempted to purchase one because of the price point.  It uses a Marvell Armada 310 SOC.” (I also bought a TonidoPlug2 for $125).

So I seem to have set up a set of priorities for myself:

  1. Try to get the XS-config rpms recompiled for ARM and load them on top of the current XO-1.75 kernel.
  2. Work up a XS stack, based upon FC17 ARMv5 builds, for the Dreamplug, and TonidoPlug2.
  3. Do the same for the Trimslice, ARMv7 machine.

About George Hunt

Retired electrical engineer and programmer, enthusiastic about OLPC as a vehicle for gathering together volunteerism, mine and so many others', for helping education in developing countries.
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