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I raged yesterday in another thread about silly stuff that didn't work and got a fast response and fixed, i suppose. But the added suggestion did not get a reply, which led me to open up an new semi-rage thread about "core" components or support that in my opinion are necessary for this device and the operating systems and additional software that run on it.

1.) Debian/Ubuntu repository for all software that is specifically modified or created for all CompuLab devices, be it GPL, BSD or proprietary licensed software. This should definitely be done, since every device is per default shipped with the terrible Ubuntu. Every critical or necessary package/update for certain issues are released just as downloadable .deb, which is just ridiculous. Also please get Canonical to either fully support your devices or don't but fork their repo and add your packages to your repo, if you finally decide to setup one up some day in the future. Creating a repository really ain't that hard.

2.) XBMC support, at least beta status. I can compile my own xbmc for i.MX6 from https://github.com/xbmc-imx6/xbmc but every new bugfix it's a huge pain in the ass and thinking about it, that your devices will end up in large parts as media centers in the hands of average computer enthusiasts, that's pretty sad to see. I mean full GPU Acceleration support isn't necessary for the start but give us at least something.

3.) BSD support. The other third of the people who like to buy your devices, besides the tinker guys that actually lay hands on hardware, are probably people that are looking for a cheap but powerful alternative for routers, maybe even for enterprise purposes (yes "enterprise"). So having either OpenBSD or FreeBSD/PFSense support would be a huge plus i imagine. I do follow the FreeBSD ML for the i.MX6 dev but the main focus of FreeBSD to this point is still cleaning up MIPS before starting ARM.

I'd be nice to see some feedback regarding those requests, from both users and manufacturer.


Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:42 am
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