Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2007 20:39 UTC, submitted by teigetje
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Drobe pitches the A9Home against the Koolu Net Appliance. "The A9home has won the hearts of some RISC OS users, but how does it fare in the big bad world of embedded and small-form factor computing? David Llewellyn-Jones pits his Advantage Six A9home against the Koolu Net Appliance to find out."
Thread beginning with comment 278715
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
What about Zonbu and others?
by Wondercool on Wed 17th Oct 2007 00:47 UTC
Member since:

Seems like an easy win for Koolu.

I was interested as well in Koolu but was pissed off by the shipping costs (100 USD = 50 percent of the devices price).

So I sent them a mail asking if I could save on shipping.
Koolu sent me a friendly mail back that I could use (I live in Europe)

Well, this site has been offline for 2 weeks now.
Not very professional.

But there are a lot more interesting sites not touched by the article (to be honest it A9home sounds vastly overpriced)

Have a look at these:

They all have different strongholds but all seem better than A9Home...

For people with a home network, this is the way to go.
Forget Windows Home Server, buy a cheap NAS and a cheap computer like Koolu or Zonbu. It's not much more than Home Edition, but INCLUDING the hardware.

Reply Score: 1

RE: What about Zonbu and others?
by rjek on Wed 17th Oct 2007 11:26 in reply to "What about Zonbu and others?"
rjek Member since:

The A9Home is expensive for two main reasons, both of which are related: It runs RISC OS, and RISC OS is not cheap. Some would say it's hideously over-priced for what it is. The other reason is the hardware RISC OS requires. The CPU module in the A9Home most likely costs twice that of an AMD Geode - ARMs, and the RAM for them, are not very cheap. Also being assembled and manufactured mostly in the UK doesn't help the price, here.

Reply Parent Score: 1