[Freedombox-discuss] Banana Pi BPI-R2

Mikkel Kirkgaard Nielsen miki at mikini.dk
Wed Feb 14 12:40:01 UTC 2018

Hi there.

On 2018-02-13 18:40, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> Quoting Josh Blagden (2018-02-13 17:08:56)
>> I think the Banana Pi BPI-R2 would be a great board 
>> http://www.banana-pi.com/eacp_view.asp?id=104.
> Last I checked (quited some time ago) that board lacked a box and its
>  price was so high that it would likely become too expensive if
> adding a box.

Furthermore, it seems from the tale of [1] that the Banana Pi
manufacturers (SINOVOIP) are not that competent hardware designers and
not very willing to share details with an open minded community.

I was catapulted into the FriendlyELEC/FriendlyARM[2] camp by the praise
of their wiki/documentation in [1]. The NanoPi series of boards seems
very affordable comparing specs and their schematics are readily
available. No mention of hardware license or design files, however, so
most likely not true OSHW like BB/OLinuXino.

Fx. the NanoPi NEO Core2[3] is a quad arm64 (AW H5 = Cortex-A53,
equivalent with Raspberry Pi 3/ODroid C2), 1GB RAM, GBE (1 pcs.)
available in a kit with connector board and casing+cable at $33[4].

> More info here: https://wiki.debian.org/CheapServerBoxHardware

I don't see the NanoPi on the wiki above or was able to find any
mentions in fbx context. Has anyone looked deeper or had a try with these?

I'm not completely updated on the current supported fbx hw lineup, so
haven't got the full insight, but these seem like a nice spec/price
ratio compared with the BBB's I've used earlier.


[1] https://forum.armbian.com/topic/4567-banana-pi-r2/
[2] http://wiki.friendlyarm.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page#NanoPC.2FPi_Series
[3] http://wiki.friendlyarm.com/wiki/index.php/NanoPi_NEO_Core2

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