FreeBSD on an Atomic Pi

Figure 1: An Atomic Pi outfitted with FreeBSD. 

I have an arsenal of Odroid XU4 boards that have served me well. But, with the XU4 – I find myself using Linux all of the time.  There is not much in the way of distributions outside of Linux for that nice little SBC computer.  Sure – there’s Android, but that’s not in my plans.

I occasionally like to use Haiku OS, maybe dabble a bit with VisOpSys, and in the past have preferred to use the likes of FreeBSD and NetBSD.  The problem is that all of those operating systems are targeted first towards …

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In Search of the x86 SoC SBC

x86-soc-sbc-brd-bFigure 1The Vortex86Dx SoC SBC board is shown in the project box. Click to enlarge.

My emphasis has been to convert the computing equipment at my establishment to use low power “off the grid” devices such as the ARM Odroid and Pi SBC boards.  Yet, I have a small number of applications which have no open source equivalents, and so I need to have at least one “low power” off-the-grid x86 computer in the arsenal.  The normal desktops that I’ve used in the past are simply too piggish on the power plug.  The AMD64 box swallows 95 watts, and would be a difficult customer for my battery banks.

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