So, I decided to do a little bit more research before I pulled the trigger on buying a #Pine64 SBC, and I'm gonna be honest... it looks like a terrible idea.
The main issue are two things:
- Compared to x86, it's a PITA to install an OS.
- Driver support is very lacking (A lot of the roms don't even support output via HDMI!)
Because of those two reasons, I'm gonna go with the 2nd most popular choice in that poll, and get a core 2 duo system. For 35 dollars, I get a machine that comes with Wi-Fi, 2 gigs of ram, allows me to install any #linux or #bsd I want, and can be easily repaired and upgraded.
The #arm board on the other hand has only 2 gigs of soldered memory. I can only install certain images if I want decent hardware support, and it comes up to almost 100 dollars in total!!
I really hope #RISCV is going to be a lot simpler than these arm computers currently are, and hopefully cheaper too.