[mythtv-users] Potential hardware - or underpowered ?

Simon Hobson linux at thehobsons.co.uk
Sun May 16 17:18:42 UTC 2010


At the local LUG yesterday, someone was showing 
around his latest toy - a GuruPlug Server :
http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/p-32-guruplug-server-plus.aspx
86/$129

They also have the Standard unit :
http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/p-31-guruplug-server-standard.aspx
67/$99

And one with a display (HDMI) port on it :
http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/p-33-guruplug-display.aspx
(no price yet)

At first I was thinking one of these would run a 
backend as long as your requirements weren't too 
demanding - but when I think a bit more, by the 
time you've added a hard disk and power supply, 
then it quickly becomes rather less attractive as 
the cable count goes up.

But would the display version have enough power 
to run as a frontend ? It's a 1.2G ARM based 
processor, with a TDA9989 HDMI interface (spec 
sheet says it supports 1080p) and no GPU. I'm 
guessing this wouldn't be a high performance 
setup !
Pity, I doubt you'd get a smaller and neater frontend.

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