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Question: Which SheevaPlug config did you buy/would you buy?
Base configuration - 5 (55.6%)
UBIFS configuration - 3 (33.3%)
Basic SD Card boot configuration - 1 (11.1%)
Meteohub configuration - 0 (0%)
Total Voters: 8

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LavaChild
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« on: November 27, 2009, 02:33:29 PM »

Hi all,

Poll: Which SheevaPlug config did you buy/would you buy?

Detailed options available here: http://www.newit.co.uk/Sheeva-Configs.php

Shop (With prices) available here: http://www.newit.co.uk/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1

Thanks Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2009, 07:28:43 AM »

Hi all,

Poll: Which SheevaPlug config did you buy/would you buy?

Detailed options available here: http://www.newit.co.uk/Sheeva-Configs.php

Shop (With prices) available here: http://www.newit.co.uk/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1

Thanks Smiley

Is this self promotion? Advertising?  Huh
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2009, 09:06:58 AM »

No. I am interested in purchasing and not fully familiar with the differences. I tried to conduct more "thorough" research and understand what these plugs do and how and get various questions resolved. I got very few replies.

I decided maybe I'd get more by making the question simpler and people might be more likely to respond if it's a single click of a poll.

Then again, guessing by my karma rating on here I guess some people simply do not like people asking questions (I actually thought this 'plug might be a good way to learn more about Linux, so I'm obviously a bit of a self-proclaimed n00b, and need to ask questions!!).

Alas... Self promotion? Advertising? No. Would you like me to close the poll and/or thread?

EDIT: It seems you were actually one of the people in my other thread suggesting it'd probably be cheaper to buy in the UK to avoid import charges... Yet you think asking which model to purchase from (As far as I know) the only UK is distributor is somehow self promotion or advertising?  Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2009, 12:09:41 PM »

No. I am interested in purchasing and not fully familiar with the differences. I tried to conduct more "thorough" research and understand what these plugs do and how and get various questions resolved. I got very few replies.

I decided maybe I'd get more by making the question simpler and people might be more likely to respond if it's a single click of a poll.

Then again, guessing by my karma rating on here I guess some people simply do not like people asking questions (I actually thought this 'plug might be a good way to learn more about Linux, so I'm obviously a bit of a self-proclaimed n00b, and need to ask questions!!).

Alas... Self promotion? Advertising? No. Would you like me to close the poll and/or thread?

EDIT: It seems you were actually one of the people in my other thread suggesting it'd probably be cheaper to buy in the UK to avoid import charges... Yet you think asking which model to purchase from (As far as I know) the only UK is distributor is somehow self promotion or advertising?  Undecided

No. Just clarifying. That's what I was looking for. Thanks.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2009, 12:20:26 PM »

I'll even be happy to contribute now.

Personally, I would just buy the basic configuration & buy a Sandisk Extreme II or III, at the highest capacity I could get for the best value. It's probably cheaper to buy an SD Card yourself, or one you already have.

Then I'd learn how to reinstall everything from scratch. You can get cut down versions of Ubuntu and also find images for other Distros, and install them your self and there's a LOT of good help & info here.

What are you wanting to do with the Sheeva?

How familiar are you with Linux?
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2009, 05:42:29 PM »


What are you wanting to do with the Sheeva?

How familiar are you with Linux?


I think that getting the basic is a good idea as it seems everything that is done on the higher packages can be done for free, using instructions on here, anyway... Though I'd (a) be a little worried about messing up and (b) like to make an image of the SD card if I got one with that so I could back up in case I do mess up. I assume there is a simple way to image the on-board flash if I buy the basic model however I don't know what that is yet.

I'm hoping to use Sheeva to, initially install Tonido and use their software to easily access my work. Normally at the moment I carry a pen disk to Uni with me but actually work on a machine there and a local machine at home. Keeping things in sync is a pain so being able to always access a "latest" version would be good.

Beyond this, I'd simply like to experiment... There are a few cool things I've seen. I'd like the idea of trying out SSH and also trying to set a Squeezebox server on it (Hopefully getting a Squeezebox for Christmas). The idea of VNC is also something I'd like to try.

I'm not all that familiar with Linux. I've used it in fits and starts, with my latest attempt messing with it on my EEE PC. I actually got pretty reasonable (Obviously no guru) when doing that but once I'd got it set up how I liked it, I never messed with it anymore and then that was that. I did try to run a mail server on a linux server at Uni however that setup was too old and didn't have the packages I wanted, I wasn't allowed to install what I wanted and so that never happened. I guess I could also play with mail servers on the Sheeva too...

I guess what I'm saying is I'd like to use it as a Linux educational tool that also servers a functional purpose, too.
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2009, 06:00:25 PM »

I think that getting the basic is a good idea as it seems everything that is done on the higher packages can be done for free, using instructions on here, anyway... Though I'd (a) be a little worried about messing up and (b) like to make an image of the SD card if I got one with that so I could back up in case I do mess up. I assume there is a simple way to image the on-board flash if I buy the basic model however I don't know what that is yet.

Here's a good place to start:

http://plugcomputer.org/plugforum/index.php?topic=717.0

http://www.plugcomputer.org/plugwiki/index.php/Main_Page

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I'm hoping to use Sheeva to, initially install Tonido and use their software to easily access my work. Normally at the moment I carry a pen disk to Uni with me but actually work on a machine there and a local machine at home. Keeping things in sync is a pain so being able to always access a "latest" version would be good.

Beyond this, I'd simply like to experiment... There are a few cool things I've seen. I'd like the idea of trying out SSH and also trying to set a Squeezebox server on it (Hopefully getting a Squeezebox for Christmas). The idea of VNC is also something I'd like to try.

I'm not all that familiar with Linux. I've used it in fits and starts, with my latest attempt messing with it on my EEE PC. I actually got pretty reasonable (Obviously no guru) when doing that but once I'd got it set up how I liked it, I never messed with it anymore and then that was that. I did try to run a mail server on a linux server at Uni however that setup was too old and didn't have the packages I wanted, I wasn't allowed to install what I wanted and so that never happened. I guess I could also play with mail servers on the Sheeva too...

I guess what I'm saying is I'd like to use it as a Linux educational tool that also servers a functional purpose, too.

If you can set up a Pendrive and you've dabbled a littel with Linux and most importantly Wink can cut and paste, you'll be fine following the instructions on the forum here and the Wiki How To's.

Buy the SD Card version if it makes you feel more comfortable, but I expect you'll be wanting learn how to reflash the Nand and SD Cards yourself in no timeat all. So really, I'd rather spend the difference in price on a better SD Card.
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2009, 11:57:08 AM »

Hello there, i thought i would give you the percentages of sales for each config, these are based on the period when we were selling all the configs at the same time:

67% Base/Standard config
19% SD Boot
14% UBIFS

I have not included Meteohub in this because its a bit more specialised.

Hope that helps you and may interest others Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2009, 12:15:17 PM »


What are you wanting to do with the Sheeva?

How familiar are you with Linux?


I think that getting the basic is a good idea as it seems everything that is done on the higher packages can be done for free, using instructions on here, anyway... Though I'd (a) be a little worried about messing up and (b) like to make an image of the SD card if I got one with that so I could back up in case I do mess up. I assume there is a simple way to image the on-board flash if I buy the basic model however I don't know what that is yet.

I'm hoping to use Sheeva to, initially install Tonido and use their software to easily access my work. Normally at the moment I carry a pen disk to Uni with me but actually work on a machine there and a local machine at home. Keeping things in sync is a pain so being able to always access a "latest" version would be good.

Beyond this, I'd simply like to experiment... There are a few cool things I've seen. I'd like the idea of trying out SSH and also trying to set a Squeezebox server on it (Hopefully getting a Squeezebox for Christmas). The idea of VNC is also something I'd like to try.

I'm not all that familiar with Linux. I've used it in fits and starts, with my latest attempt messing with it on my EEE PC. I actually got pretty reasonable (Obviously no guru) when doing that but once I'd got it set up how I liked it, I never messed with it anymore and then that was that. I did try to run a mail server on a linux server at Uni however that setup was too old and didn't have the packages I wanted, I wasn't allowed to install what I wanted and so that never happened. I guess I could also play with mail servers on the Sheeva too...

I guess what I'm saying is I'd like to use it as a Linux educational tool that also servers a functional purpose, too.

LavaChild -

The preconfigured options are best for those that don't want to be messing around with U-Boot and the installer. At the one extreme, Meteohub is almost a turnkey solution, and this config is aimed at the less technically able Meteohub user.

We suppose that in some cases our customers have the ability, but might not wish to spend the time learning the necessary procedures.

It seems to me that the fact you have signed up here, and are asking this question (and in particular "I'd simply like to experiment..."), suggests to me that you are someone that is prepared to work through the learning process and do it yourself. You'll find help here and on the wiki, and we can offer advice through the New IT forum too. You'll learn a lot, and enjoy it a lot by doing so.

Declaration of interest: I am a New IT employee.
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