Two words: Salt Water.
I live aboard a trimaran in New Zealand. I need a small, low power
device which can record positional data from GPS and various
electronic components including control of solar panels and battery
charge states, wind instruments, windvane, monitor the engine, fuel
reserves and rate of consumption. The device must be able to process
all of this input data as well as control outputs like the autohelm,
autotrimmer, and rate of battery discharge. Of course don't forget it
needs to act as a file server for media and documents when in port!
Most importantly, it needs to do this in one of the most corrosive
environments on Earth: the ocean. Besides facing constant motion and
vibration as well as sweeping variety of temperature conditions (from
a running engine room running on hot summery days to winter sailing by
night), there runs risk of electrolysis from lack of proper grounding
and despite no direct exposure to salt water itself, it is inevitably
present in the air. I know that Linux "Will Work" but the question is
will the OpenMicroServer?
Two words: Oh, no! To be honest, this sounds probably too tough. The electrolysis problem sounds bad. Our OpenServers do not have any special waterproofing for power, so this is probably one fatal weak point. Direct exposure to salt water is bad, too. How wet would the server itself get? What do you use currently?