[Freedombox-discuss] Free hardware for the FreedomBox software

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Fri Apr 15 13:06:44 UTC 2011

On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 02:53:37PM +0200, Rob van der Hoeven wrote:
> Hi folks,
> Every time you read an article about the FreedomBox it mentions that the
> hardware is very cheap and will become even cheaper in the future. This
> emphasis on cheap hardware worries me. After all, the FreedomBox is a
> server that must run reliably 24/7 for years. Cheap and server are
> incompatible. If you ask the box builders to build something that is

Cheap and server are perfectly compatible, if you're approaching
an embedded-like footprint. There are plenty of industry embeddeds
with sufficient performance and very impressive uptimes.

What you'd want is ECC memory, flash with wear-leveling 
and fanless, passively cooled boxes.

> cheap you get what you ask for, but you won’t get a server. 
> I think the FreedomBox movement must be very careful about the
> recommended hardware. Devices that are crap are a danger to the
> reputation of the FreedomBox. Once the FreedomBox gets a bad reputation
> it’s over and out.

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