I am investigating options for an HTPC in our living room. I recently discovered OLinuXINO, which seems great, already, and I am evaluating it for function as an HTPC in our living room. It must be silent or near-silent.
Presently I’m looking at the Pioneer-FreedomBox-HSK on recommendation.
The bulk of the A/V multimedia data will be held on a NAS with enough compute power to transcode A/V in soft real time in CPU. Therefore I need to ensure the NAS is quiet too, but that’s another issue that I’ll address shortly, and I already have ideas.
Does anybody have any ideas about the Olimex Pioneer-FreedomBox-HSK as an HTPC? Or any other SBC?
I understand that – at one point back in time – Allwinner SOC’s have iGPU’s needed proprietary blobs to run. But since then libre or open source drivers have been developed. In fact, when I was looking for them by web searching, it seemed to me that they have recently been merged upstream in to the Linux Kernel and Mesa3D projects. Is this correct?
Am I wandering off into the reeds by using an Allwinner H3 SOC to get the video and audio working instead of focusing on my primary goal, that is, to build a near-silent HTPC?