I like the look of this (Mele A1000) … larger than the Raspberry Pi, but neater, and with a more powerful ARM A10 (Allwinner) chip - a 400-pin, 1.2GHz Cortex A8 ARM core with a MALI400MP OpenGL ES 2.0 GPU.
The A10 chip also boasts 2160p hardware-accelerated video playback and a NAND Flash controller capable of eight-way concurrent direct memory access.
The unit comes with the Android 2.3 operating system, and is generally positioned as a media device for streaming video or running apps on a TV. An SD card slot and USB ports further expand the possibilities, however, and an external SATA port and Ethernet are also listed among its specifications.
Though it’s an Android device, apparently it can be booted from an SD card … so can easily boot Ubuntu too
Available for $70 … if you add the $35.48 (FedEX) delivery, and convert to Pounds Sterling (GBP) … you get £65.45 (at current exchange rates) … though I’d prefer that it was available within the UK :-\
The unit is hackable, and comes with instructions … here’s a video of it running Android, then booting Ubuntu from an SD card:-
I’m kinda right on the verge of splashing out, but can’t make my mind up which way to jump … it’s driving me nuts … there seem to be a raft of similar devices coming out, and I know it makes sense to wait and see which ones fly and which don’t … but I want a new toy NOW :o
What I want (ideally) … a pair of cheap devices that I can have a play with (and hopefully not break), that if/when my excitement wanes, I can pass on to the kids for use as a reasonable Linux PC with their HD TV’s as the monitors.
I’m fed up with fixing laptops, so something that lives next to their TV’s rather than being bounced around their bedrooms suits me fine
What I want (ideally) .. a pair of cheap devices that I can have a play with (and hopefully not break)
Then the CuBox is for you: http://www.solid-run.com/products
Not exactly cheap at 99 Euros + shipping from Israel, but it comes with a recovery system
Bricking a product (software wise) is a common mistake developers do. The product incorporates features that can recover the system, without the use of JTAG, even if the boot loader was completely erased.
and you can install Ubuntu on it.
Thanks for that … though I was aware of those, and even considered buying one a while ago, I didn’t realise you could get Ubuntu onto them
I could have sworn I’d done a write-up on the D2, Dream plug, and something else (can’t remember) on this forum … but it seems it must have been elsewhere.
I’d have expected their price to have dropped by now … IIRC the reason I didn’t buy one was that the Raspberry Pi development had been announced so I thought I’d wait and see … I’m regretting not pre-ordering a Pi (or two), but I have registered an “interest”.
I’m hoping if/when Pi production can match demand, the price of all these devices will tumble.