My Neo Plus2 (basic kit) arrived yesterday (two weeks from China to Canada isn’t bad for standard shipping). On the positive side, I guess I was among the first 200 purchasers so I got the free usb2uart connector (although I already had one). On the negative side, the antenna that was supposed to be included was not, in fact, included.
The on-board 8GB eMMC had Ubuntu preinstalled (which saves a few steps — just needed to attach the heat sink, assemble it into the two-panel case, insert ethernet and usb-power cables, and you’re off and running.
$ lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Release: 16.04 Codename: xenial
$ uname -a Linux neo-plus2 4.11.2 #119 SMP Tue Jun 13 18:55:51 CST 2017 aarch64 aarch64 aarch64 GNU/Linux
I haven’t done much with it, but it seems to run cool enough with the heat sink installed — around 30C at idle, and running sysbench to max out the four cores for a little over 10 minutes brought it up to 65C.
I’ve only installed a few utilities as well as
go (1.9beta2 for arm64), and
nodejs and managed to get cloud9 installed and running. Still have more things to install, and some testing to do, but it seems well on its way to taking over the duties of my RPi3 development server.
Update - Aug 5 2017
Uptime on the Neo Plus2 has passed the two week mark without issue. I have most things I need installed on it now and it has been standing in as dev server and primary connection to my home network when I’m away (via cloud9 server through an ngrok tunnel).