James Crook, web geek ++

Dreamplug

26 Jan 2012

Dreamplug with box

Dreamplug side view

Dreamplug side view

Dreamplug connected to JTAG

The Dreamplug is the most recent incarnation of what are known as 'plug computers' - so called due to their small size, not much larger than a standard power supply unit.

A plug computer has several advantages for low-powered uses like web serving or file sharing: it's silent, small and draws very little power. And despite its size it can run a media server or PBX (phone system, more on this soon) without trouble.

More information on plug computers:

Anyway, it turns out this post is around 6 months later than it should be. I first bought the Dreamplug in mid 2011, and spent several weekends working out how to use it as a PBX for our office at work.

It's behaved swimmingly since that time but since a power failure earlier this week my Dreamplug gives a kernel failure and won't boot. I'm in the position of needing to re-install the operating system and the PBX software, update it and recreate the settings I spent several weekends on last year.

This time I will write down what I'm doing as I go, and I will mirror the flash card as a backup once I'm complete.

If you stick around you can follow along.

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Comments

26 Jan 2012

Looks neat. I'm anticipating the Raspberry Pi (http://raspberrypi.org), they're so cheap I feel like buying a dozen for no reason.

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