Soulseek + Linux + Raspberry Pi = Perfect!

Hi there,
I have to confess that one of the main reasons I do not share files on soulseek 24/7,
is because of the high power consumption of my desktop PC, and of course the risks/paranoia of it starting a fire when it's unattended.

Hopefully that will all change with the release of the Raspberry Pi PC, which should be in peoples hands within the next 2 months.

Which leads me to this question, has the Linux Soulseek client being tested on any ARM-based systems yet?

I really think the Raspberry PI and other low cost, low power ARM systems could be a huge benefit to the Soulseek community,
and it could help dramatically increase the number of people sharing!

What are peoples thoughts on this?

Well, when I first read your post I wondered, what about installing Windows 8 (even the beta) on there, strip it down so that it's less resource-hungry, and be happy with it?

However, after scouring various information sources, it looks I was jumping the gun a bit too eagerly. Windows 8 *WILL* support ARM architecture, that much is true, but...

- the specific ARM architecture on the Pi is not advanced enough to run W8
- the good ol' Slsk x86 client (if anyone were to favor that) would NOT run on the ARM device anyway because MS announced in last year's September that they're not going to support native x86 apps running on ARM version of Windows 8.

nafanz's picture

Sorry, but what is Windows 8?
I also really want to see the official client for Raspberry Pi
In my opinion this is a very convenient solution

Hi Nafanz
I'm exactly using such a combination, but based on hardkernel XU4 board (inkl UMTS and Backupbattery), running raspbian and nicotine+ (controlled via an iPhone App via WLAN). 2GB RAM, Octa Core 2GHz ARMv7, 256GB uSD card and an 8hour UPS
A Native Soulseekqt client might be a lot of work (new architecture, very few users, lots of different linux distributions, maybe Android as well, and and and) for that amount of possible clients. When you share a lot of files, SLSK needs a lot of RAM or swap to the disk, which is soon dead thanks to the bad quality of sdcards (boot+swap) used there or else SLSK crashes with insufficent resources.
My build is highly experiemental and more like a Proof of concept than a sturdy way saving power.

There are much more NAS owner who want's such an x86 Linux Plugin to work under their 24/7 "Server".


P.S.: The TO forgot that Windows 10 (might run on that Pi) needs ARM compiled Windows binaries of SLSK as well to run under Win10 on Pi.