@homegrown @yunohost I haven't personally tried YunoHost but I have a couple of Raspberry Pi 3s that are sufficient for hosting most small services like XMPP or Pleroma.

Looking at their hardware requirements (screenshot), a Pi 3 would likely be a good baseline if on a tight budget. I have personal experience with the 4GB ROCKPro64 from @PINE64 (it's sitting here on my desk right now) and it's more than enough for hosting pretty much anything for family and friends and then some, so I would say it's a good upper limit if they have a more flexible budget.

I know drivers can be a little sketchy for Pine64 products but it does look like YunoHost supports Armbian and there are Armbian variants specifically for the ROCK64 and ROCKPro64 boards :flan_thumbs:
https://yunohost.org/en/install/hardware:arm_unsup
https://www.armbian.com/rock64/
https://www.armbian.com/rockpro64/

There are definitely other good options for ARM-based — and thus low-power — single-board computers, these are just the two I have experience with.
@homegrown though keep in mind that Raspberry Pis are kind of scarce at the moment. They've been widely adopted in the industrial space and companies are buying *tons* of them; I've heard the Raspberry Pi 4 is really only available from third parties for twice and even thrice MSRP. That's why I mentioned the ROCK64 products from Pine64; the boards may take months to arrive because they're shipped directly from the manufacturer (I think in China?) but most of the variants are available straight from Pine64's website and they're not ridiculously overpriced.
https://pine64.com/product-category/rock64/
https://pine64.com/product-category/rockpro64/

@amolith

Yes, indeed, that was part of the reason I was asking!

RPI very well supported, but difficult to actually find nowadays. Would be good to have some alternatives in case they are easier to get hold of.

@homegrown @yunohost Depends what you want to run on it. The internet cube project[1] uses Olimex LIME2[2] which is pretty low powered but popular because it's open hardware. I used this about 5 years ago. For yunohost without too much else it worked. Heavier things like Nextcloud or Pleroma don't or barely.

[1] https://labriqueinter.net/ Basically it's yunohost on an SBC, but with a VPN so you have a plug-and-play ynh box
[2] https://www.olimex.com/Products/OLinuXino/Home-Server/LIME2-SERVER-NO-HDD/open-source-hardware

@gert @yunohost

What is the power consumption like on a laptop server, compared to single board computers?

@homegrown @gert @yunohost It depends what the server is doing, but most of the time it's in the region of 8-15W.

@bob

So, does a laptop consume a similar amount of power to a single board computer like the RPi?

Or does the laptop use more?

@homegrown @bob The laptop uses more, but not that much more. A Rpi is likely to be in the range 5-10W.

@homegrown @yunohost It's 3.5 amp max at 5V for a USB-C power supply, but you don't need all of that if you have a SSD disk and a blank screen.

@homegrown @yunohost I’m running #yunohost on a rpi 4 and it’s quite stable (even directly from the SD card, if it’s a good one).

@trem @yunohost

RPI does sound good, it's just they're difficult to find due to chip shortage.

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