When choosing your hardware, general SBC comparisons are not necessarily relevant since you will be deploying a NEMS Linux server specifically. As an example, an ODROID-C2 vs Raspberry Pi 3 comparison will say Raspberry Pi 3 has better support for video drivers. Well, that won't matter to you; you're using NEMS Linux and we've pre-built the distro for you. So because of this, it is helpful to review the NEMS Linux Stats page, and join our Discord Server to make an educated decision.

Here are some general guidelines.

  1. eMMC storage is better than an SD Card. This is a universal truth. SD Cards have a high failure rate whereas eMMC tends to operate with perceptively similar reliability to a traditional SSD. NEMS performs a lot of read/write operations, as you can imagine, so the more reliable your storage medium, the more reliable your NEMS Server.
  2. More RAM means better performance. The minimum recommended RAM is 1 GB, though 2 GB or higher will greatly improve performance and reliability of your NEMS Server.

Visit the NEMS Linux web site for a complete list of supported platforms.

Raspberry Pi


Hardkernel ODROID XU4


Orange Pi

ASUS Tinker Board / S

ASUS Tinker Board S must be switched to Maskrom boot mode in order to boot from SD card. The built-in eMMC is not big enough to run NEMS Linux from.

Khadas VIM3

You can boot from SD or USB, then install NEMS Linux to the integrated eMMC storage by typing sudo nems-install

NEMS Linux Appliance

  • choosing_your_hardware.txt
  • Last modified: 2020/06/09 17:00
  • by Robbie Ferguson