A brief introduction to RISC V RISC-V is a very new architecture being introduced in 2010 by the University of California Berkeley. Although RISCV CPU’s aren’t overly powerful (yet!) they are very power efficient and they are very open in terms of licencing. Anyone can design, manufacture and sell RISC-V CPU’s without any licencing costs.…… Continue reading BeagleV – The first affordable RISC V Computer
The Over:Board is an IO board for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. It is designed to use a standard PC ATX power connector and features a full size PCI-E 16x slot although its only running at 1x bandwidth and unfortunately it is not compatible with a GPU. The Over:Board It breaks out the following…… Continue reading Over:Board – Raspberry Pi CM4 ITX Motherboard
Introduction Whilst the FriendlyArm Nano Pi Neo2 isn’t the latest or greatest SBC on the market it has a huge benefit in that a aluminium 2.5″ NAS enclosure exists for it. The NAS board connects over the boards GPIO ports exposing a SATA backplane over a JMicron JM20329 USB to SATA bridge. Paired with the…… Continue reading Nano Pi Neo2 NAS enclosure – a small Linux home Server/NAS
Introduction The Gl.iNET GL-MT300N is a $21/£19 travel router designed for WIFI on the go. The device runs a custom version of OpenWRT that is easily replaced with a standard release of OpenWRT making this device an ultra cheap hackable Dual NIC router/SBC. Specs The Gl-MT300N is powered by a MediaTek MT7628AN SoC featuring a…… Continue reading The GL-MT300N A $20 hackable Linux Router
Introduction The Lichee Nano Pi is a $6 Linux Development board powered by an Allwinner F1C100s ARM9 Processor. The Lichee Nano Pi features 32MB DDR integrated into SoC, a 16MB SPI Flash, an onboard TF Slot, and is able to be booted from a TF card. It is around the size of an SD card.Whilst there…… Continue reading Lichee Nano Pi – Will it run Debian?
If anyone would like to ask ZimaBoard any questions directly please post them in the comment section below and I will ask them to reply. Running a home server on a SBC isn’t anything new, I’ve personally been doing it since the release of the Raspberry Pi Model B in 2012. However no SBC has…… Continue reading ZimaBoard – A $70 Single Board Home Server
I recently purchased a clusterhat from clusterhat.com for an upcoming project and I decided to build a web frontend to make management easier and to make this easier for novices. The panel has 3 primary features – Power On, Power off and Console. Below are 3 gifs which show each feature in action. Power On…… Continue reading ClusterHat Panel
In Part 1 I showed the physical setup of this small ARM64 homelab. In this part I will show how I installed LXC on the NanoPi Fire 3 This tutorial was done with the Armbian Bionic image. The Pi will need an SD card installed with an Armbian bionic image (there are lots of tutorials…… Continue reading ARM64 Homelab – Part 2 Installing LXC
I recently purchased two FriendlyARM NanoPI Fire 3’s for my homelab project. This is an honest non-sponsored review. The NanoPI Fire 3 is a small SBC that is slightly larger than the Pi Zero at 75x40mm. It features an 8 core Samsung S5P6818 CPU and 1GB DDR3 RAM, gigabit ethernet 1x USB 2.0 type B…… Continue reading NanoPI Fire 3 Review
Introduction C-SKY is a CPU architecture that is designed to be used in DVB set-top TV boxes. In Late 2018 Linux was ported to the C-SKY Architecture and accepted into Mainline. This is likely the last CPU Architecture to be added to mainline Linux. C-Sky Architecture C-SKY was recently acquired by Alibaba and the CPU…… Continue reading C-SKY – The Chinese CPU Architecture in Linux Mainline!