[kwlug-disc] The Pinebook Pro

Ron Singh ronsingh149 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 6 16:30:57 EST 2019


I did, but dismissed it 'cause of it's 2G RAM, I want 4G to be somewhat
future-proofed, but likely I am over-thinking it.

I want something like this for simply running a thin Linux and a couple of
USB2 Raid1 4TB 5200rpm HDDs for data/pics/vid backups(lazy writes
emphasized) where speed does not matter for me at all. I also want one for
working steppers and some temp/humidity sensors for an upcoming greenhouse
care-taking solution.

Thanks,

Ron Singh



On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 2:33 PM Stuart Seeley <stuart at lowlevel.ca> wrote:

> Sorry for two replies... but checked the links you had included...
> Looks like they've tightened up their layout game, and the metal case
> certainly is attractive.
> Have you looked at that Asus one? Tinker I think it's called...
>
> Stuart
>
> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 2:01 PM Ron Singh <ronsingh149 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Stuart,
>>
>> What do you mean by "poor design and production quality", do you mean,
>> cruddy solder job, poorly-aligned connectors, poor connectors, crappy
>> silkscreening?
>>
>> See, I want to get one of their Rock64 SBC with their alum case, but now
>> I grow worried.
>> The SBC is this one:
>> https://www.pine64.org/?page_id=7147
>> The case is this one:
>> https://www.pine64.org/?product=rock64-premium-aluminum-casing
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Ron Singh
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 1:44 PM Stuart Seeley <stuart at lowlevel.ca> wrote:
>>
>>> I backed their Pine A64 single board computer on kickstarter.
>>> While support is certainly limited, the over all poor design and
>>> production quality put me off.
>>> The raspberry pi boards from my point of view are far more mature and
>>> better supported.
>>>
>>> Stuart
>>>
>>> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 11:10 AM Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> I ran across this company when I was looking for SBCs that can run Linux
>>>> for my Home Assistant project. I ended up with a Raspberry Pi 3, but was
>>>> impressed with their SBCs.
>>>>
>>>> https://www.pine64.org/
>>>>
>>>> The laptop seems to be a natural evolution from there.
>>>>
>>>> What worries me about these companies is the same thing that plagues
>>>> Orange Pi, Banana Pi, and other more powerful RPi clones: software and
>>>> community. Specifically, they make the operating system work, then do
>>>> not put any effort in updating it at all, then it is abandoned after a
>>>> new
>>>> model comes out. Also, the lack of a community hobbles them.
>>>>
>>>> Let us see if the laptop can overcome these problems.
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 11:01 AM L.D. Paniak <
>>>> ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Looks like there is a reasonable, inexpensive open-source (friendly)
>>>>> laptop coming down the pipe soon:
>>>>>
>>>>> https://forum.pine64.org/showthread.php?tid=7093
>>>>>
>>>>> Not sure how many binary blobs are required to make it go but my BSD
>>>>> friends think it is OK.
>>>>>
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