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  1. Yes - that is exactly what I mean. Real people doing real stuff for real. RK was progressing nicely and then unfortunately stumbled over their own greed. Actually, I would prefer a stripped OrangePi (ONE/LITE without LAN, WIFI, OTG) with 3xUSB2 and solder pads for the rest, power-optimized with a LiIon-battery-circuit for < $10. The next interesting board would be ARM64-based, exposing USB3 and featuring HW-accelerated graphics for <$20. LAN/WIFI/SATA are no problem with properly exposed USB at highspeed/superspeed, avoiding crappy components on the boards.
  2. tkaiser Like most "benchmarking tests" the laughable Phoronix marketing slideshow forgets the "bench", the "marking" and the "tests". The title of that fraudulent opinion piece should simply be " Creating pretty pictures from randomly running irrelevant stuff on smallish boards". There is a valid point though in using stock software provided by the seller of the boards, as it is beyond the average buyer's skills to reinvent the wheel from scratch. Honest "benchmark tests" could be much simpler : 1. Does the seller provide the hardware he advertises ( price,delivery,quality ) ? 2. Does the seller provide appropriate working software ( OS,drivers,schematics ) ? 3. Is there a lively community interested in expanding and exchanging know-how ? 4. Does the seller provide adequate support to the user community enhancing the use of the boards ? 5. Does the board run reliably and uninterrupted for days, weeks, months, years ? Obviously, there is no software providing these answers. There is no comparing boards without stating the purpose of the board. There is no "general use case" for an SBC beyond "just running and wasting power", Automated testing is only useful for regression tests, where you would vary ONE parameter at a time. To illustrate this : RasPi 2 makes a great x2goclient thin-client terminal for everyday office use. Why ? Because I tested it for daily use in an actual busy office, compared it to zillion-core Odroids and unsupported Chinaware (RK...) RasPI A+ ( no, not the expensive unavailable dinky PiZero with useless microconnectors ) is a cheap and efficient battery-run data collector for MCUs Why ? Because I tested running ATTINY/NRF24 connected to RasPi A+/NRF24 uplinked via WIFI. All components optimized to run efficiently on batteries. Presently I ordered some OrangePI ONEs for testing. In the meantime I've found out that the Chinese New Year seems to last till the next one starts. The seller's bull on the web page is absolutely useless, there is no working software and schematics were only released after major bitching. My preferred use cases for the OrangePI ONE will be -Thin client running x2goclient ( basis : HW-accelerated graphics / Debian Jessie / LXDE ) - Small headless servers utilizing fast SOC-USB without slave hubs/bridges connected ( the RasPi 1-2-3 and OPI PLUS I/O joke ) running reliably 24/7 I will definitely rely on Armbian for running the OPI ONEs as I can easily share the viewpoints expressed in the forum. Thank you for providing all the necessary know-how, software and documentation. I hope I will be able to contribute once I get the boards for testing. Thank you and keep up the good work !