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    Default VIA Is Still At It: They Launched A $49 ARM PC

    Phoronix: VIA Is Still At It: They Launched A $49 ARM PC

    While fading away to irrelevancy, VIA is still around and actually releasing new hardware. Though this isn't some new VIA x86 quad-core CPU but rather VIA Technologies is now entering the ARM and Android space. The product they announced on Tuesday is a $49 Android PC...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTEwNTU

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    its out of the more well-known (and more likely to have a viable open-source/Linux community around it) SoC vendor rather than VIA's WonderMedia
    Just for reference, there's mainline Linux support for VIA/WonderMedia CPU's (mach-vt8500). It's not yet complete and not yet up-to-date with the latest chips, but is there any mainline support for Broadcom chips?

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    If android can mount btrfs drives over USB and also output audio over USB, then this would be my home media player. I like the Android Music Player interface better than most linux apps, and think it'd look great on a big screen.

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    I usually avoid VIA.
    Their old motherboard chipsets were buggy and would crash Windows with BSOD.
    Their graphics drivers are buggy and does not work well.

    VIA is low quality.
    Their OpenBook initiative was interesting though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbont View Post
    If android can mount btrfs drives over USB and also output audio over USB, then this would be my home media player. I like the Android Music Player interface better than most linux apps, and think it'd look great on a big screen.
    Sorry, the rpi will be superior for media. This thing can do at best 720p and via has earned crap reputation for video drivers. They are a stupud dying company and should be avoided. Look for an alwinner a10 based system. Android is ready out of the box and full linux support is full steam ahead, especially with the lim driver advancing as quickly as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbont View Post
    If android can mount btrfs drives over USB and also output audio over USB, then this would be my home media player. I like the Android Music Player interface better than most linux apps, and think it'd look great on a big screen.
    For me I prefer full fledged media centers like XBMC, which linux has plenty to choose from.

    as for minimalistic media players, Am liking the style of Audience. We might probably see more in that style.

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    although this isn't shipping for 45USD this is something real now with fast gaining support, dramatically faster cpu and well known with very active open source gpu driver in progress.

    http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/56...IP_TV_set.html

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    the power efficiency is not really good compared to other "mini-computers containing ARM SoCs" (accoding to heise/ h-online: http://www.h-online.com/open/news/it...m-1582805.html )

    in idle state it needs according to VIA 4 W and maximum consumption 13.5 W; it's not clear if power supply losses are included in this numbers.
    Last edited by Fenrin; 05-23-2012 at 01:26 PM.

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