Opinons on what is the best hardware to run this system on?

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I have had a couple RPi 2 running for a while with great luck.  The one in my office that I just run slides on works great. I just started having a issues with the 2 pi2's that run the "linora" distro they just quit at random times and wont come back up and i have to image the cards again.  So my question is what has been the best supported platform. Chromebox, windows, Ubuntu?  I was just about to order 10 chrome boxes last night and started looking at the forum and saw that people were having lots of trouble with them as of late.?  I was thinking of using ubuntu? or windows 10 micro pcs?  I want stability over cost savings on hardware.

Thanks much guys
Neil
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Neil, we have seen Chrome devices work fantastically and then in other situations they are really problematic and we are struggling to understand what variables are causing the problems. We have been working with Google on this closely and they are pursuing the stability issues from what we know. Further we have found that it is essential to use Chrome Device Management so that you can control the Chrome versions and remotely manage the boxes.

Given the current random nature of some of these problems and the added cost of the CDM I would suggest going with Windows or Linux hardware. And to better control the Chrome version and provide a more robust watchdog we are now working to re-introduce our Windows and Linux Players over the next couple of months.

Hope that helps.
Byron
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Great news Byron.  Glad to hear Win and Linux are not on the cutting room floor.
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I'm just going to chime in with my two cents worth...

I went in with a plan of using Linux systems for various reasons, and after over a year & constant issues converted over to Windows (six machines) Honestly I should have done that a long time ago & would have saved a tremendous amount of frustration.  
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Neil,
Which Linux distribution were you on or were you referring to Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi? Thanks for letting us know re: your setup experiences.  
Hannah
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I got the linaro (Ubuntu?) working in the pI's customized for just images and light weight stuff. I Beleive I was using Ubuntu for regular systems, just was running into small issues. Windows made it easy, and it works well with our rmm tool set.
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Interesting, first time I've heard of Linaro - looking into it that is the name for Ubuntu 14.10.  Which Windows are you on?
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That was a port that someone did of Ubuntu to the PI. It was on the rise docs for a while. I have it running on a couple displays that only need to show slides works ok. The boxes we ran windows were 8, because we can turn off auto everything. We are going to test ten soon. Pro should be ok because of control, however home wants to push updates all the time. We use a rmm tool for our msp that we are going to test and see if we can control home and stop auto updates.
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Neil,
Thanks for the reply! Would be good to see your feedback and response when you get on to Windows 10.

Hannah