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1  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Beware GlobalScale! on: July 19, 2010, 06:31:02 AM
GlobalScale is a joke, no question.  They are too small and have not prepared  for success, meaning that they are unprepared to meet demand via their logistics, and also to deal with technical issues.  They may have competent engineers, but it is apparent that they have incompetent managers.

As far as Marvell is concerned, they have "bureaucratitis".  Plug computers are a tiny part of their revenue.  Until they see a bigger impact on their spreadsheets, they will assign an extremely low priority to any issues.  This is a major problem with large companies that somehow manage to create innovative technologies.  The Plug computer is such a great idea that it is becoming successful in spite of, not because of Marvell.  If they really wanted to manage it properly, it could become a major revenue stream for them.

But who is going to launch a new product based on a technology with unpredictable supply and questionable quality, no matter how promising? 
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Why use Sheeva? Looking for developers and entrepreneurs opinions…. on: May 27, 2010, 06:12:52 AM
I have evaluated many SoC repurposed router hardware, mostly Atheros based (RouterStation Pro, RouterBoard RB450G).  Works for standard apps ported to OpenWrt, but some lower level Ethernet issues with community developed drivers.

I ordered a Sheevaplug from GlobalScale but did not receive it after 5 weeks.  It appears that it would be perfect for my application: capable of running Debian kernel, 512MB RAM, 512MB flash, ethernet.  However, I canceled my order because as an entrepreneur, I need a supplier that I can depend on.  No matter how terrific my product is, if I don't have the hardware to host it, I am dead.

I can do the same thing with the PC Engines Alix 3D2, which is based on the AMD LX800 Geode.  Unfortunately, the Geode is being discontinued, so I can't really base a product on it.

Currently evaluating other x86 and ARM based SoC boards.  Frankly, the Plug appears to be perfect, but until Marvell expands their distribution network or GlobalScale gets their stuff together and becomes more than a supplier to hobbyists, I can't consider it for commercial purposes.
3  General Category / General Discussion / Basing a product on an inconsistent source? on: May 17, 2010, 06:58:45 AM
I ordered a Sheevaplug from GlobalScale on April 4th.  After being told it was "almost ready to ship" for weeks, I finally gave up and canceled the order on May 14th.

We are evaluating platforms for our product and the Sheevaplug looked really promising; we use a Debian kernel, we need 256M-512M of RAM, and at least 512M flash.

But we are really concerned that if we are successful, GlobalScale's inability to handle it's supply chain will translate to poor response to our own customers.

Does anybody have any opinions/experiences that they can share?  It seems to me that no matter how much technical potential the SheevaPlug has, it will remain a hobbyist's toy if there is not a reliable supply.

Looking forward to response.

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