(2013-12-06 04:42)emveepee Wrote: As a heads up to anyone considering ordering a Cubox-i, I ordered one right after reading this thread mainly because rabeeh from SolidRun was right on top of it but that now seems like smoke and mirrors. Three months after taking my money, there's been zero communication from SolidRun on when my i2-ultra might ship other than now finding a vague comment on their web site that it will be shipping sometime AFTER Jan 14th. My posts to get an update on shipping dates on their forum (with obviously increasing frustration) simply get removed.
I am already a Wandboard Quad owner and Stephan's work on the platform is fantastic and the GeexBox work will no doubt be first rate too but these are primarily just hobbyist boxes and have risks too, ie CEC on the Wandboard is broken. It's faster then an RPi sure but right now there's a lot of unrealized potential. The ARM world moves fast and by the time these really ship you might be able to get a new fully working Pivos Tofu, the RK3188 might play nicely with the Gotham final or who knows maybe a nice Tegra 4 or Amlogic M802 box with full Android will be out.
I understand your frustation. I am a Cubox owner (the original Cubox) and I can't be more dissappointed. I only bought the Cubox to use it as a XBMC media player. The only project which gets updated is Geexbox, so I have installed tenths of versions since I have the Cubox hoping that the video decoding problems I suffer are fixed; but they aren't.
The big problem in the ARM world is support. Not from the final product builder, but from the SoC manufacturers. I've seen different ARM SoCs which have been supported by XBMC devs (Allwinner, Amlogic, Cubox's Marvel Armada, BCM2835 in the Raspberry Pi and several others via standard libstagefreight API) and the common feature is that video decoder is closed source and is not maintained: flaws which are not fixed, hardware features not implemented in sw libraries, etc. ARM system buildes, such as Solid Run, are just prisoner of SoC manufacturers, and there is nothing they can do or fix, they just rely on SoC manufacturers' intention to fix the flaws.
I've been looking for a replacement of my current ION build, and Cubox-i was one of the first options, but not anymore. When simple support questions are simply not answered (or the posts are just deleted) in the support forums, you realize that nothing will be fixed.
These people sells hardware, I won't say it is just smoke, but they just can't live up to the hype. For those who already paid for a Cubox-i, I hope to be mistaken this time.