After giving the hardware thing some serious thought, I decided that I’d like to commit to one design, crowdfund it, and then get it shipped. We’ll base from pre-existing hardware (unless volume is very high, in which case I suppose there’s the wole “stretch goal” concept). The first thing I need to know, though-- and please-- if you don’t think you’re going to contribute $x when the crowdsale starts, don’t say you want me to build the $1000 version of a safebox, just for the hell of it…
So, here are my queries to the community, with some background information. I’ll answer any question people have.
What is the minimum feature set? I can build a minimal safebox for $20+shipping, but note the phrasing: minimal. At that price, there’s not even any storage in the thing. You’d need to go out and buy an SD card, set the SD card up, and get the board moving. I’m assuming this is not what people want, but I’m throwing it out there in case it is what people want.
Storage out of the box:
- 8 or 16GB SD Card
- 128GB SSD
Bigger (consumes more power, and can break though):
1TB HDD - 3TB HDD (Largest for laptop form factor)
N 5-10TB Disks
Your home router doesn’t have to deal with NAT. Should this device double as a router (Maidsafe team, I’d love to get your opinion on this part specifically).
What are your thoughts on the software for this device? I’m thinking a basic, clean linux-based webUI, but I’d need to check with the team to ensure I know the best way of making it so that devices “behind” any hypotehtical router can access the safe network. I don’t know if PCs should always have client software on them, or if it’s fine for them to connect via a “beefy router”. A beefy router can get as powerful as a Xeon Octo-core and 64GB RAM. Yes, I know at that point it’s much more a “computer” than a router, I’m just calling it a router because it’s got many ethernet ports.
a. Raspberry pi
b. stick pc
d. you tell me
Interfaces (Thanks @quippu!)
-Minimum: 4x USB 3.0
-Preferred: 4x USB 3.0 & 6x SATA3
-Insane: Full RAID controller w/ 12+ SATA3 (these cost a thousand dollars or so each)
My end goal with all of this remains a modular generic compute system, but that will take some time. (or, it won’t. Sometimes things come out of left field in a good way, too. I do have my eye on the 3rd-gen Rpi modules…)