On 09/22/2016 03:07 PM, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
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> crowd-funded eco-conscious hardware: https://www.crowdsupply.com/eoma68
> On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:07 AM, pelzflorian (Florian Pelz)
> <pelzflor...@pelzflorian.de> wrote:
>> As a user, I would expect to be sold a router housing and a router
>> EOMA68 computer card. I would expect the router housing to be able to
>> host my desktop card as well. I would also expect the router card to
>> work in my desktop housing.
>  provision of power is about the common denominator: i already
> outlined the example where use of the OTG port and HDMI cable would
> allow the CPU-Card-With-The-Desktop-OS to be useful and functional.
> anything else that you get (such as a USB-based WIFI adapter or
> USB-based Ethernet port) is a "plus" but is in no way guaranteed and
> should in no way be *expected*, either.

Yes, exactly.

>  the other way round is unlikely to work and, if you did not then seek
> out (at your own expense and initiative) a replacement OS, replacing
> the Router OS with a Desktop OS, then that is your lookout. also:
> router cards are quite likely to be 120 to 500mhz single-core MIPS
> processors with on-board RAM restricted to potentially as little as 8
> MB (yes 8 MEGABYTES - that's eight MB).  if you are *genuinely*
> expecting a 120mhz processor with 8mb of RAM to be capable of running
> a Desktop OS, you are (to put it mildly) completely delusional.
>  basically it's necessary to apply some common sense, here.

No, no, that’s not what I meant. What I meant is that when plugging in
the router card into a desktop housing, it should still work *as a
router* (as in, bootable and maybe a dumb switch). The housing may not
have the required ports of course for proper usage as a router and the
router OS is probably (hopefully, security-wise) not usable as a desktop
OS, but it should show something like a tty on the display.

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