Oh yes, I know they’re fun. But the mental contortions people put themselves through to try to treat them as anything APART from fun is really entertaining.
I found this the comment the other day, when I was looking for some real world data on SD lifespan:
It’s hilarious. He goes through ALL the problems and how unreliable his Pis (he’s up to his third now), and then ends with this
So if you will use the pi in a 7/24 environment, don’t be cheap
I would phrase that somewhat differently.
If you want a 7/24 environment, don’t be cheap and use a Pi
In fact, after looking at these BPi M3’s, it looks like they’re broken out of the box, even worse than the RPis. The thermal dissipation requirements for the A83 chip almost demands a heatsink, and yet there’s not one installed by default, or even a warning that it’s going to be unstable unless you put one on.
I have tested the original Bananapi, it works pretty well can handle many concurrent calls Also use a high quality sd card to avoid data corruption, I didn’t thought it and had my mysql screwed up. The community and the support are small compared to raspberry and I think it’s the biggest flaw. Also the company that makes them is kinda shaddy, they had some dispute over the project with an online retailer or something like this.There is also OrangePI, even cheaper.
Yeah, the A20 based one. A20’s are good CPUs and don’t - unlike the A83’s - throw out huge amounts of heat.
I have one of them sitting here too! The good thing about this standardization however is that:
That doesn’t really matter. These things are basically A20 (or A83, or whatever) chips on a board that gives them power and storage, and exposes their network and USB connectors. You don’t need to care about anything else, because they’re all basically identical at that level. It only gets complex when you need to care about the way that specific board talks to a specific thing (eg, IR Receiver on this M3)
Now those numbers seem pretty extreme to me. Two thoughts: 1. the RPi-2 provides a lot more power and 2. I’d only use it in a much reduced environment with half as many extensions and only a few lines.
My environment is two analog lines and just six physical extensions. Probably gonna add a couple of DECT phones.