New Pyra pre-order - General questions


NetBLOKS

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Hi all! After some years checking the development of the Pyra, and being very interested in the project, I finally made my pre-order yesterday :D

I really love the philosophy behind the Pyra: being open, having replaceable parts, being both computer and handheld console. I am however not the best with informatic-related stuff to be honest, and have 0 experience with linux (although I am very willing to learn). Therefore, I would like to ask some specific questions regarding uses I would like to have on the Pyra:

1- I am a language nerd and on my pc I make customizable keyboards to use special symbols, especially Norse related (e.g. ǫ, þ, ᚠ) or IPA symbols. How good is unicode support and to switch between keyboard configurations on the Pyra?

2- I use google drive a lot to share documents between my computers, mostly pdfs and office related (presentations, excel sheets, word processors). Are there good alternatives that would work for Pyra and a windows pc?

3- I've seen many people can easily code on the Pyra, mostly thanks to the good keyboard. Are there good Python and Julia environments and interfaces that can be installed on the pyra? Like anaconda, pycharm, jupyter, spyder etc. What about the use of dabases like sqlite?

4- I plan to use my Pyra also to watch TV/youtube/play music now and then. How well do you think it will be possible to use mainstream services like netflix, watch national TV, youtube, spotify? Probably it should be decent on firefox, but I am not sure.

I believe that's it so far, thank you very much in advance, you seem like a very nice community :)

PS: sorry for the very noobie questions
Regarding Google Drive:
I have my own Nextcloud Server for file syncronisation.
It works flawlessly on all devices and has all the features you need:
File Sync, versioning, Calendar, Contacts, integrated office solution based on Libre or Onlyoffice, Video- and textchat, Mailclient and manymanymany other plugins.
Sync is available via a sync client and of course webbrowser.
If you can't or don't want to host an instance yourself, there are quite a few providers who sell instances on a monthly base for cheap, like Hetzner for example.
 

Robert Taylor

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Yeah, Nextcloud is amazing. And you can usually install it on the cheapest webhosting packages available from most hosting companies.

And the install of Nextcloud doesn't even involve any technical skill with most standard hosting companies. You ge a Cpanel account (control panel for managing your account, emails, dns, installing php based apps, etc), and with one click you install Nextcloud and set your default username/password and you are done.

More people should know about this.
 

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Yeah, Nextcloud is amazing. And you can usually install it on the cheapest webhosting packages available from most hosting companies.

And the install of Nextcloud doesn't even involve any technical skill with most standard hosting companies. You ge a Cpanel account (control panel for managing your account, emails, dns, installing php based apps, etc), and with one click you install Nextcloud and set your default username/password and you are done.

More people should know about this.
Yes, it's really convenient.
On Hetzner, the installation is even easier as it is already done for you and you got full admin rights to install Add-Ons.
But I've got a VM Cluster online, which I administrate myself and a VM Nextcloud host, Collabora Host, Rocket Chat, Jitsi and Kopano on different VMs.
 

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Yes, it's really convenient.
On Hetzner, the installation is even easier as it is already done for you and you got full admin rights to install Add-Ons.
But I've got a VM Cluster online, which I administrate myself and a VM Nextcloud host, Collabora Host, Rocket Chat, Jitsi and Kopano on different VMs.
Awesome. I used to be a Kopano reseller. One of the best email systems I have ever administered.
 

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I host my Nextcloud on a server sitting in the corner of my dining room, running Proxmox and two VMs.
Proxmox is great. I use it at nearly all of my clients and in different cluster setups.
In my opinion, it is the best of class VM environment.
Awesome. I used to be a Kopano reseller. One of the best email systems I have ever administered.
Yeah, Kopano and Zimbra both.
But since Zimbra changed it's license, Kopano is where it's at for me now.
I implement it with Samba active directory and AD integration.
 

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I have four nodes in my cluster, one of which has a VM that acts as my gaming PC. Only two nodes stay on all the time so during the night I often lose quorum.
 

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I have four nodes in my cluster, one of which has a VM that acts as my gaming PC. Only two nodes stay on all the time so during the night I often lose quorum.
Just install a low voltage, fanless PC with Proxmox and integrate it in the cluster, then you won't loose quorum.
A litte N4000 Intel box or stuff like that does wonders in that regard.
 

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Just install a low voltage, fanless PC with Proxmox and integrate it in the cluster, then you won't loose quorum.
A litte N4000 Intel box or stuff like that does wonders in that regard.
Okay, I'll have to save up for that. Thanks for the tip! I wouldn't have thought of that.
 
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