ARM device to replace desktop?

Chatahooch

New Member
This is going to be a really valuable thread. If you are going to run a computer 24/7 than yeah absolutely the lighter and more efficient you can make it the better. I was planning for roughly 4-6 hours per day but not sure if those numbers will actually stay, time gets away from you easy when working online.
 

raj

Active Member
It works on my RPI 2 :)


A bit slow, but it works.
How'd you get skype running on RPi2? qemu?

I've also been eyeing the xu3-lite as a desktop replacement. I'd have pulled the trigger on the purchase already but still comparison shopping. Haven't seen anything close yet.
 
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MannDude

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How'd you get skype running on RPi2? qemu?


I've also been eyeing the xu3-lite as a desktop replacement. I'd have pulled the trigger on the purchase already but still comparison shopping. Haven't seen anything close yet.
Ah, woops. I take it back. Sorry, haven't booted into the Pi for a bit. Forgot I was using it to access a remote desktop... Skype was not running natively on the Pi. Sorry for the confusion.
 

eva2000

Active Member
saw http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box/pp_141994.html

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● 802.11b/g/n/ac dual band WiFi(2.4GHz/5GHz): Connect effortlessly in a world without wires 

● Bluetooth 4.0: Easy pairing with all your devices (computer, mobile phone, keyboard, etc.)

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drmike

100% Tier-1 Gogent
Bumping this old thread...


Anyone now or still running ARM board as a workstation / general purpose desktop?


Interested in hearing what you are using for hardware and OS and how performance is for browsing notably (browsing and video seem to be rotten on boards even though the hardware is capable).  
 

KuJoe

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I've mostly been using my C1+ for the past few weeks ever since my AC died. My desktop turns my office into a furnace so I keep it off when I'm not gaming. Unfortunately my Windows VM is offline until I can find time to go rack the server in a new data center so I've been bouncing between the C1+ for general browsing and my netbook for other things. The RPi3 is a complete disappointment and I had to cancel my previous C2 order but I'll be ordering a C2 this week since I find myself using the C1+ much more frequently. Also if you're looking for smooth video playback and browsing then running Android on the C1/C1+/C2 is as good as a desktop. I watch YouTube and Netflix on my 32" LCD without any issues.
 
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drmike

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I've mostly been using my C1+ for the past few weeks ever since my AC died. My desktop turns my office into a furnace so I keep it off when I'm not gaming. Unfortunately my Windows VM is offline until I can find time to go rack the server in a new data center so I've been bouncing between the C1+ for general browsing and my netbook for other things. The RPi3 is a complete disappointment and I had to cancel my previous C2 order but I'll be ordering a C2 this week since I find myself using the C1+ much more frequently. Also if you're looking for smooth video playback and browsing then running Android on the C1/C1+/C2 is as good as a desktop. I watch YouTube and Netflix on my 32" LCD without any issues.
Sad, but all these ARM boards tend to quite well under Android, where the hardware is actually supported and video accelerated instead of being CPU bounded.


How does your C1+ do for browsing?  How about the dreaded YouTube on it? Actually running YouTube on it in high definition?


 I am rocking a U2 Odroid still.  It's my most used device as it's gateway for my networks and what does various blocking, blackholes and other cleanups... Plus VPN goes via it.


I've given up on ARM as a desktop for now.  Fine for server things, running scripts, MySQL, various middlwares, all fine.


Unsure if you have same issue on C1+ but cat /proc/cpuinfo and see if all your cores are there.  Had issue with U2 and Ubuntu where power savings turns cores off and not there.   Minor issue on that, bigger issues is turning cores on and off results in noticeable performance drop even on single threaded.  I overrode the power scheduling for performance and all is well / much much better on throughput in my instance.  
 
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