~ OpenRD - A Low Power Server Running Debian on ARM» By Joren on Thursday 05 August 2010
This blog post comments on using the Marvell OpenRD SoC(System on a Chip) as a low power multipurpose home server.
The specifications of the OpenRD SoC are very similar to the better known SheevaPlug devices, so it has 512MB DDR2 RAM, an 1.2GHz ARM processor and 512MB internal flash. To be more precise the OpenRD SoC is essentially a SheevaPlug in a different form factor. The main advantage of this form factor is the number of available connections: 7xUSB, SATA, eSATA, 2xGb Ethernet, VGA, Audio, … which make the device a lot more extendable and practical as a mulitpurpose home server.
Thanks to the work of Dr. Martin Michlmayr there is a Debian port for the Kirkwood platform readily available. He even wrote a tutorial on how to install Debian on a SheevaPlug. Installing Debian on an OpenRD is exactly the same except for one important detail: the
Once Debian is installed you can
aptitude almost all the software you are used to: webserver, samba, ruby, …
- Beagle Board or other OMAP3 SoC’s. The IGEPv2 e.g. has wireless and wired network connections.
- Alix system Boards are mostly x86 based.
- NSLU2 An ARM platform.