Unfortunately I'm still very new to the gumstix world, so I can't help you much there. And while I'm not convinced it's the best solution for you, I do know that the OSD is a "real" machine, running linux, and currently has file and web serving capability, though I don't think anyone has setup a mail server yet. The OSD has an ARM processor onboard, like the verdex, and it also has a dedicated TI chip for video playback. (The only reason I sound like I'm trying to sell one is I have one and it's pretty sweet) Don't forget the usb connection supports external hard drives, wifi cards, etc. Best of luck to you, and hopefully someone with more experience with the gumstix can offer some advice there. Cheers!

Drew

On 4/29/07, Wladston Viana F Filho <wladston@dcc.ufmg.br> wrote:
Drew,

Thanks!

Well, the product you have showed me is interesting! But what I really would like to have here is a real server machine, not a VCR recorder like ... I say that because I would like to have a mail server, an HTTP server, plus a simple file server (that can handle transfers fast enough to allow live playback), and I want to use it to try to make all my future geek experiments (I'm a computer science student :)

I was thinking to buy the Verdex XL6P, when the ethernet/usb/wifi card for it is made available, but I'm afraid that may be an overkill for what I need ...

I wonder what is the processor power and ram memory I need, and how can I have that and USB host for the hard drive, plus the Ethernet or wifi in a gumstix.


On 4/30/07, Drew Loika < gumstix@dipsomania.net> wrote:
Eh, I'm not trying to advertise other products, and I have zero financial relationship/interest, but Neuros also has a device you might want to consider that's currently under very active development, the "first open-source Linux-based embedded media center". Check out the OSD at http://www.neurosaudio.com/osd/osd.asp.

Drew

On 4/29/07, Wladston Viana < wladston@gmail.com> wrote:
Hey guys,
 
Well, I'm looking for a multimedia files server for my home. standing there 24/7 as a print server, a multimedia file server, so can transfer data allowing real-time playback for musics and DVD-quality videos, in any computer on my home. Eventually, I would like it to act also as a http/ftp/mail server for personal/home /learning/testing/experimental purposes.

Looks like the gumstix is the best option for me, since I need a small and noiseless device that is easy to mount.
 
So my requirements would be :
*Ability to connect to my network (wired or wifi, maybe also both?)
*Ability to connect to my USB printer
*Ability to connect to an external hard driver (at least 30GB for the hard drive)
*Ability to transfer files fast enough to allow real-time video playback
 
Can you guys please help me to find a good option for my needs (a pre-mounted one ? with motherboard/extensions)  ?

I didn't understand how it works - you can buy a pre-mounted gumstix, and later on mount "expansions" on it ? Or I have to buy the separated motherboard,  extensions and case, and mount then when they arrive ?
 
I really appreciate the help and thanks for your attention,


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Belo Horizonte - MG, Brasil
Computer Science student (UFMG)
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