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    Hi guys!

    I have a file server running on a RPi3, and I am really annoyed because of the poor I/O performance of this board. So I want to replace it with a better performing one. But there are so many boards that I am a bit lost about which one to buy. These are my requirements:
    • Mainline (upstream) kernel support. I will be installing Archlinux and I do not want to be locked to the kernel and drivers prebuilt for the board.
    • Gigabit Ethernet with decent performance. No more boards with Ethernet connected through USB full-speed sharing the same host with all other USB devices, please.
    • RPi form factor.
    • Price in the RPi range.
    • GPIOs
    • 1 GiB RAM (I will not be installing Xorg, so maybe I could even live with 512 MiB).
    Having USB 3.0 Super Speed or eSATA interface would be a plus, but I do not really need them.

    I have been digging the net, and the two possibilities closest to my requirements I could find are:
    • AML-S905X-CC (Le Potato) and the cut-down version (Le Frite). Unfortunately, they do have Fast Ethernet (no Gigabit).
    • ROC-RK3328-CC (Renegade). Unfortunately, it does not seem to support upstream Linux.
    Any other suggestion? I suppose the mainline kernel support is a challenge for most of this boards, but maybe there is something out there...

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    Well, it seems I will have to continue with my RPi some more time ^_^