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Offline Wicklar

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WISHLIST: Cubieboard Server Board - R40
« on: June 14, 2017, 03:52:42 am »
Hallo

I would like to submit my wish for a new cubieboard that is meant to be used as a home server i.e. a NAS, mediabox, web server and things like that. I know that this can already be done by some older boards, but there has not yet been a dedicated board. For example a server board would not need things like HDMI video output, USB OTG, WiFi/Bluetooth, maybe even audio in/out, etc.

As you may or may not know, Allwinner recently released a new processor called "R40" with SATA support which is perfect for connecting a large hard disk i.e. a 3.5" 3TB HDD. The processor is basically a quad-core upgrade from A20. Perhaps this would be a perfect opportunity for a new R40-based board or maybe a SoC with basic server-oriented expansion connectors (SATA, GbE RJ45, USB, uSD and some GPIO)?

https://linux-sunxi.org/R40

Whadda ya say, Mr. Tom Cubie?

Offline rgmhtt

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Re: WISHLIST: Cubieboard Server Board - R40
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 05:59:40 am »
I too would love a quad board; perhaps the Cubie5 is what I need.  But with both the Cubie2 and CubieTruck, I have done quite well with Centos7:

http://www.htt-consult.com/Centos7-armv7.html

and

http://www.htt-consult.com/Centos7-mailserver.html

I get good 1TB 2.5" drives that over up well off the board.

The mailserver does work, with SELinux disabled.  I have not worked out my SELinux problem, it might be something in the arm binaries that they are not seeing in the x86_64 binaries.

As far as NAS, basic Samba is not hard, but I have bigger demands, so I run ClearOS on a Zotac Nano.

AMAVIS and CLAMAV easily eat up a duo processor, thus the desire for a quad.  I could limit them to 2 processors and get better performance for IMAP (and things like SAMBA).

More what I want is Cubie direct contribution to Sunxi uboot.  They never got the WiFi working, for example..