On 2016-03-06, Holger Levsen wrote: > On Sonntag, 6. März 2016, Axel Beckert wrote: >> I now wonder if a bunch of Raspberry Pi 3 -- since they have 64-bit >> CPUs (IIRC an Allwinner A53T) -- would make us able to check >> reproducible-builds for Debian arm64, too. > > as far as I know, yes. Though I would want to use some other arm64 boards as > well, to have hardware variety right from the start. ... > I think we'd need 10-12 of such boards for a start, not sure if we still have > Debian funds to buy those (but I almost think so… Vagrant?) - providing we > would find someone interested+able to host these. Would you (Axel) be able > too?
There's about US$1200 left. To follow through with number of boards in the original proposal, I should probably get at least 3-4 more boards... or should we branch out into an arm64 network with the remaining funds? If that's the case, I'd probably need someone else to host the boards, though I could proably host some initial experimentation just to get the basic infrastructure set up. I could also experiment with using the arm64 boards but building armhf packages, which seems like an interesting middle-ground. Curious what folks think. Could get a few odroid-c2 for ~$60 with usb-sata adapter, power supply, and case. Mainline linux for similar boards exists... but not for odroid-c2 explicitly. The LeMaker Hikey goes for ~$100+accessories. Limited mainline support exists. I already have one donated by LeMaker for experimenting with. The Pine64 boards are currently going for ~$30 for the 2GB ram variants. Not sure what the timeline on delivery is, though I have a few coming for experimentation. Seems like raspberry PI 3 doesn't yet really support arm64, and only has 1GB of ram. I don't think it's worth considering. Cheap 120GB SSD costs around US$40-50 each. So, you might be able to get 8-10 boards running with the remaining funds... The LeMaker Cello is about ~US$300+accessories, with dual native SATA, and may come with 8GB ram out of the box, upgradable to 32GB or more: http://www.lenovator.com/product/103.html Two to three LeMaker Cello might outperform a network of 8-10 lower spec machines, and probably be a lot easier to maintain. Mainline linux support for similar boards exists... that said, The Cello isn't actually shipping yet (but soon?)... soooo... live well, vagrant
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