I'm going to buy a microcomputer board to use as a private OpenVPN-server and Seafile server running a *stable* open-source Linux-image (could be bananian, raspian) and with a quite low power consumption in idle mode (definitely less than 5W in idle mode as running 24h/7days). Supported open-source HW is strongly appreciated.
Therefore I've been searching for alternatives, one of them is Banana Pro. (Another could be Banana Pi M2 from SinoVoip, but I've some concerns with BPI M2 and even more with BPI M3).
Could you please help me answering some questions:
1a. How good is the current support from LeMaker as well as from its community for Banana Pro?
With support I especially mean ready-made *stable* and *working* open-source Linux-image running out-of-the-box, and without any need to configure kernel, drivers and image, or the need to research how to make the board to run as specified.
1b. How correct/well-working is the information, guidelines, drivers (like wiring-Pi, hardware acceleration), images and so on from LeMaker?
1c. How well is LeMaker working together with its community?
2. How is the commitment from LeMaker as well as from its community to support Banana Pro in the future - with kernel updates, updated drivers, updated images and updates for running images via the package management?
3. Is Banana Pro CPU strong enough to run a private Seafile server and OpenVPN-server, with all traffic getting VPN-encrypted also traffic from Teamspeak, VOIP-Telephone (Linphone) as well as from Seafile, or does it get bogged down by encryption with long keys?
How is it with the latency (time delays, drop outs) using VOIP-Telephone over a OpenVPN running on a Banana Pro?
In several threads in this forum I've read that a NAS is running decent on Banana Pi/Pro. Correct?
4. Are the images for Banana Pro running stable or crashing now and then? What image for Banana Pro would be suitable for such a server mentioned above?
5. Are there plans to produce and support an updated HW for Banana Pro? Also with supported images and drivers !!! When?
Something like Banana Pro, but with a stronger CPU (4 cores or more), 2 GB RAM, Gigabit LAN-port and with a well connected SATA (and not via USB) and with stable HW and one good Linux-image?
I understand that it's of no usage for the customer to have a HW with a great specification, but no working drivers for using it and/or unstable image(s) and/or unstable HW with thermal problems and/or bad support, which actually exists on the market nowadays... Hence this posting.
I would really appreciate any replies, also with additional suggestions and comments, as it would help me with my decision. Many thanks!
Greetings from Germany,