Raspberry Pi alternitives

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Smug
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Raspberry Pi alternitives

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Does anyone know of good SoCs or small computers that make good replacements for the the Raspberry Pi's? I'm looking for a small computer I can use on my LAN for things like network wide adblocking or streaming video from a media server. Everyone suggests the Rpi's but they require binary blobs and non-free drivers. I'd like to get something that I could put a fully libre kernel on. It does not have to be ARM in fact I'd probably prefer something x86-64 or RISC-V.
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Re: Raspberry Pi alternitives

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RPi is just a toy, I do not recommend it neither for traffic filtering, nor media streaming. You need a proper hardware for your router replacement.
Look at fanless boxes with two or more network cards, for example j1900. Small size, no extreme heat and it can be put in the corner like any other router.
Sellers offer wifi card, do not buy it, because they will send broadcom which is a headache and it can not 5GHz.
Seller sent me broadcom which I use for 2.4GHz, and for 5GHz I bought usb card 2357:0115 and took drivers from here https://github.com/cilynx/rtl88x2bu
How it is with libreness - IDK, it just silently works in the corner, it runs Gentoo and filters content I do not want to see.
Works much better than consumer routers from local shops, and the main thing is that it is controllable, and software can be updated any time, not like gnusmaS and Co do: two years then no updates and dance like you want.
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What are you after doing? My poison is arduino's (or custom design) but I am on the hardware side of things.
The Intel Galileo2 isn't too bad as an "alternative" to Rpi
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Lots of neat Pine64 solutions, including some interesting cluster solutions.

https://www.pine64.org/
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LOLIN S2 Pico is a good choice, ESP32-S2 based

https://www.cnx-software.com/2021/09/15 ... d-display/
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