Hi friends, looking for advice and input. I’m currently running Home Assistant on a Pi3, but it’s getting slower all the time and I’m about to pull the trigger on a cheap used mini PC. Here’s my current thought process, any and all comments/suggestions welcome:
PC I’m looking at:
AMD A8 PRO-7600B
8 GB DDR3 RAM
I really like the ability to use Home Assistant addons. While I have the technical know-how to mess around with docker containers for addons, I mostly just don’t want to and would rather run with something supervised.
Things I want to have on this machine (possibly more in the future):
Home Assistant, with a bunch of addons I currently use
OpenVPN or similar
NextCloud or similar
Installation options I’ve thought about:
- Ubuntu/Debian with docker running Home Assistant Supervised: I like the idea of using docker, but don’t love the questionable future support of this method.
- Portainer with HA as a VM: There seems to be a bunch of people recommending this as a solution, but I’m not super excited about it, mostly because of how VMs assign resources.
One solution I just came across is running the HA OS on the PC itself, and using the Portainer addon for dockers running OpenVPN/NextCloud/any future things I might want to do. Would this be a good/bad solution? Why or why not?
I’m open to other solutions as well, mostly looking for a good mix of future flexibility with ease of use.