Yesterday, I mentioned the SheevaPlug. Today, I tried it out:
- Plug in Ethernet, plug in power, done.
- The box registers via DHCP.
- Figure out its IP address, and follow the instructions.
- That’s it. Ubuntu 9.04, running on a pretty amazing little box. Effortless!
Here are some system details, once you log into it via SSH:
Upgrading to the latest software packages went flawlessly, using the normal Debian/Ubuntu apt-get update/dist-upgrade/autoremove commands. Once done, there is still plenty of room left on the internal flash ROM:
According to this post, power consumption is really low:
I’m seeing about 3.5 W, doing nothing and hooked up to 100 Mbit ethernet. Close enough.
Mighty impressive for a 1.2 GHz processor with 512 Mb RAM. Here’s a brief review of it.
This could make a pretty nifty “home monitoring and control center”. I’m not going to limit my options to this, the plan is to support a wide range of platforms – but still, this ShevaPlug sure is a comfy unit, almost like a desktop!