For people of sufficient technical ability, we do provide the option to try running our software on your own intel x86 hardware as long as your hardware meets the minimum specs. You must minimally be very comfortable with the idea of reinstalling an OS from scratch, as you'll have to do that if you try our software and don't like it. (Our installer takes over the entire PC, installing both the OS and application, effectively making it into one of our boxes.)
There are several caveats associated with this option:
- We don't have time to debug hardware issues on hardware other than what we sell, so you have to be okay with potentially wasting your time or money and not blaming us if it doesn't work. Hardware issues could include freezing, rebooting, overheating, failure to detect all the hardware, etc. Generally, a good quality system that can run Ubuntu server under high load without problems will be okay though.
- We're not optimizing for large installations yet, so if you have more than about 45M of total camera resolution running at full frame rate, you may start to encounter bottlenecks that we have not addressed yet.
- No VMs. Must be real hardware due to the lack of access to the intel GPU in a VM.
- To try this now, it would be under our beta program restrictions, which mostly mean that you can't talk about your experiences publicly, because the beta is for us to have a chance to fix problems before general release.
- Currently only open to backers of our campaign, but you can contribute $20 and we'll refund the money if you try the software and don't like it.
- If you eventually want the features that are covered by our subscription, the pricing is different for software installs as we don't want to track other people's hardware. (It's a per-camera plan for software installs.)
The hardware requirements are:
- an intel 5th generation or later processor (must be real PC hardware with a Core, Celeron, or Atom N3450/Z8350 processor, not
a Mac Mini or VM)
- at least 4GB of RAM, but 8GB is safer for high-res configurations.
- at least 32G of disk to install -- but much more disk than that, at least 500GB if you're recording video to the disk.
- must support UEFI boot
- using a brand name product is strongly suggested, or else you'll probably run into issues with overheating or freezing.
If you want to try this, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
mentioning what you want to try it on (processor and memory) and with what cameras (brand, resolution, and how many of each). Also explicitly mention each of the caveats and confirm that you're okay with them.