More random brainstorming thoughts about Fedora LiveUSB station...
I think if many of us envision this device with display and touch UI - I
think the best cheap option is the Friendlyelec/Friendlyarm Nanopi S2+ 7
inch packaged LCD option witch is around 70 USD (19 USD is the LCD!) in
total, with a single DSI display cable, without the usual sandwich PCB
solution (eg. can be more prettier if you want to package it by yourself).
The only issue is that S2 board has a Samsung mobile CPU, witch is in my
knowledge - unsupported by Fedora ARM. Basically it would be cool to
showcase that we build and run this based on Fedora - that is why I thought
in the first to get well known, and Fedora ARM supported boards. Intel
solution would be also great, but yet most of them are damn expensive for
Also I feel that we should think on 3 different price points, one headless
solution with commonly known and supported board with led progress bar, one
with small LCD (1 to 4 inch something) and one with big one (7 inch and
above) to keep the device mobile - or if every chance breaks - have an HDMI
monitor at hand with keyboard. More thoughts in kiosk solution: I think
would be way nice to have a camera monopod - tripod to easily stand the
device, so the booth will not be buried with people. Else - for cheaper
pricepoint - IMHO would like to keep on the desk.
Earlier we had a Photobooth....
Mainly I think we can say that this headless/or kiosk box can fill a lots
of purpose. One of our Fedora guy in the HU team told me - according to
that the earlier mentioned camera mono/tripod - we had earlier also an
photobooth solution (and we can reuse that python code for sure I think),
and many of this boards usually has MIPI or somekind of camera connector...
so this is also can be a combination, opportunity.
But, IMHO the main targeted purpose would be to share Fedora images, and
showcase that you can build it with Fedora, on Fedora, by Fedora, for
Fedora and to the community. For this, I think I have an another idea, a
website, a list of blueprints, what can anybody use it - and make it with
Fedora. Maybe for 3d printer files, cad design files... Maybe it's only for
a list of recipes, in form of Fedora HUB, I don't know yet - but would be a
great thing to show that we do it - hence the name as Fedora BLUEPRINTS
would be awesome. With that not only we can show what can people begin with
Fedora, else the spins, and the other stuffs are get a new meaning in the
puzzle, and modularity, including atomic too. If we choose and ask for
digital promotion and advertising material from the design team to this
stations, I think we can share with the MKTG team as a green solution, and
promote it as paperless, "FOSS protecting the trees" thought - and have
them as slides/pictures set easily in the idle state of the screensaver.
One thing is sure: I will wait out till my Orange Pi Zero with the blue-ish
plexiglas arrives, I hope that I can include led stripe for progressbar and
lighting Fedora logo on plexi - and hack it together. Something like -
where the bottom part hides the
Please leave comments, feedback if you feel so, and let's improve this
2017-04-10 12:27 GMT+02:00 Nemanja Milošević <nmilosev(a)fedoraproject.org>:
I think this is a great idea, and I am interested to help (with the
On Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 4:45 PM, Zoltan Hoppar <hopparz(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> I am currently gathering my hardwares and tools, to create a Fedora image
> creator station - that I can put out to the desk at Fedora events. The main
> target would be to have a standalone machine, with blueprints, that if any
> local Fedora community around the world want to follow - be able to do it.
> With a standalone flasher, we can much more easier share our installers -
> and we can put something attractive to the desk at events. If internet
> access is rare, or weak, IMHO this device as access point, sharing point
> can be a glue for the local communities.
> Main functions?
> I am thinking in 3 base +1 extra function on this station:
> - Local standalone offline access point - local free wifi station with
> downloadable content. (Sort of mod of Piratebox, Librarybox - or such).
> Possibly with chat services, or IRC meeting box.
> - Standalone online file sharing point, file server, shared coding
> platform - same downloadable content (Fedora user guide, Fedora digital
> flyers, local copy of getfedora website)
> - Ambassadors digital event box: if give digital flyers, and contents
> that ambassadors can share and load with useful contents - as Ambassadors
> shedules, talking points, marketing stuff - and such.
> +1 function: I'd like to package a separate 5 ports charger unit, so
> Ambassadors can stop visitors that if they want they can charge up phones,
> tablets and their units.
The main function, just to be clear is for event attendees to be able to
make live Fedora media, correct? The rest seems really cool. Another really
cool thing I can think of is to have a "live feed" possibly from fedmsg, so
that users can see how active the Fedora community is. So maybe a web
application which would subscribe to some channels of fedmsg and display
this information with some fancy animations. So ideally when someone is
walking by they can see new packages, tests, posts etc. :)
> Good, but with what kind of devices?
> Right now, I am thinking in 4 possible device - but I would like to put
> out to discussion witch path would be the mostly less painful and cheap. I
> have already contacted with Martin Bříza, who developing the Fedora Media
> Writer, and IMHO would be a great option to have it if the screen is an
> option is such build. Furthermore in marketing part, I think the earlier
> LiveUSB Station concept had at that time a nice artwork - that similarly
> with this device can be useful.
> So, the 4 device option that I am thinking:
> - Olimex Olinuxino Lime2 board with SATA. Allwinner A20 chip. Mostly
> supported, but 55 EUR with 4Gb storage, kinda expensive but can be fully
> equipped even with batteries. But not only worrying about the TCO in this
> option, else maybe the A20 would be weak for the tasks above.
> - Raspberry Pi 3 - mostly widespreaded, known, and possibly most usable -
> - Orange PI zero with USB expansion board: Tiny, cheap (I have ordered
> mine for barely 25 EUR in total, with cube case), nicely portable device,
> but Allwinner H2, H2 plus - as far as I know not really supported by
> Fedora. But I know it wrong, maybe. Plus in this board that has SPI flash.
> - FriendlyArm Nanopi Neo AIR : This tiny board has an 8G integrated
> storage that can be IMHO an option for the Fedora images, using Allwinner
> H3 chip, 3 usb, BT and Wifi integrated. Cost is approx 25 USD with heatsink.
About the devices, not sure why we need lock ourselves. Make a
cross-platform application? Python would seem a good fit. Something we can
easily distribute to any Fedora box, independent of architecture. Package
it as a RPM -or- even better but harder, make a live spin of it for every
Fedora release. This image would need to contain all the other images, so
this would have to be afterwards of Fedora release.
> My questions?
> First I'd like to have feedbacks, ideas, and maybe points that I didn't
> saw yet.
> - Witch path, board would be the best solution in your opinion?
> - In what form/shape can you imagine this Fedora device?
> - What purpose you think that can be added, or would be useful?
> - What would you change, add, remove in this project?
If there is a reason why we need a specific board, I vote for the
Raspberry Pi platform as it is readily available where I live. (have rpi2b)
I think you described the device very well, I imagine it as a kiosk where
people can firstly learn about Fedora, maybe see some cool demos, and
lastly make themselves a live media USB.
Thank you for the initiative, this project seems really cool!