Linux on Via Eden 433 MHz
Forum: Hardware Talk
Topic: Linux on Via Eden 433 MHz
started by: dougz
Posted by dougz on May 15 2006,03:29Interesting boot timings, app load timings & performance, running on flash, no HD.
Yes, its not DSL, but still interesting. If you google, lots of Puppy Linux interest in cheap boxes like this. Cheaper than Mini-ITX.
I still prefer the ASUS Terminator Via C3 because it is more flexible, but the ASUS is much bigger.
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Posted by dslfool on May 18 2006,04:04John, I wish you much success with the DSL store, but, oh, my, I'd love to try DSL on this machine. Frugal install on an internal CF card, user data on an external USB drive. Sweet!
Posted by dslfool on June 12 2006,17:22Looks like the base system for $149 now has an 800MHz VIA C3.
Posted by dougz on June 12 2006,23:31
You might want to verify that with an email. (Would be great if true!) Don't know about the 800 MHz, but part of the reason for the extra $40 over stock was the configuration upgrades and contribution to Puppy. Emphasis added in the following --
Preceding quoted from post by sverdy Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:39 pm at < this Puppy linux forum thread. >
As of May 15th, Puppy's founder was still talking about 433 MHz NTA Terminals in < his OLPC article. > NTA 6010A was still available as late as Feb. 2, 2006. < Here's the box. >
You could probably buy the stock NTA 6020A (C3 Via 800 MHz) for $189 (current price, not $149), upgrade the CF & RAM from the stock 64/128 to what you want, put DSL on the CF (with the X config tweaks mentioned in the Puppy forums) and have a good box.
OTOH, this is a more limiting box (except 800 vs 533 MHz) than < DSL store's Diskless Mini-ITX Silent Computer System > At least the DSL box has internal upgrade paths, while the NTA relies on USB. YMMV.
Personally, I'd love to get the NTA 6020A with no CF or RAM and put in 1GB RAM and 1 GB CF, if I knew that the changes for DSL wouldn't be too hard. I'd even take care of that DSL donation all by myself...
Posted by dslfool on June 15 2006,04:40Sorry - the $149 "base" model I was referring to is the "6020P", down a few lines from the 6020A. According to the specs on the page the P differs from the A in the lack of a CF card (and software), and the $149 price. I'm assuming that there's still a CF card slot, although, you're right, it'd be good to check that out with the seller. The speed would be good to check as well, but 800MHz is what they're advertising right now. I think the case design is different from the previous list which showed 433MHz models.