(Sun Nov 05 2017 18:56:40 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time))
The OrangePi series of computers look like a credible alternative to the Raspberry Pi. As cool as the Raspberry Pi is, it has a significant flaw in that you're running off an SD card. While an SD card is cool for prototype-projects, it's not suitable for things that will run for a long time sinde SD cards are simply not that reliable. The Orange Pi boards are similar in nature to the Raspberry Pi, but come with an eMMC storage unit built-in that's far more reliable (and faster) than an SD card.
For this project we'll go through the set-up of an Orange Pi Zero Plus2. This is an incredibly inexpensive board positioned similarly to the Raspberry Pi Zero. The board itself is $19.95, and gives you a 1.2 GHz CPU with 512 MB memory, an 8GB eMMC, built-in WiFi, HDMI, USB, etc. A few more dollars gives you a case, and an addon board containing two USB's.