There's plenty of barebone PCs/servers optimized for building custom Linux/BSD based routers, VPN servers or firewalls and in general various L3 devices. However I couldn't really find anything about L2 devices with hardware switch ASICs. While I know it's possible to just use bridging it's not really practical solution.

Are there available some devices with built-in hardware switch chips that are optimized for running Linux distros like pfSense or WRT derivatives using switchdev driver to build managed switch?

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    pfSense is built on FreeBSD, not Linux. – Kusalananda Sep 23 '18 at 13:39
  • We're allowed to make hardware recommendations here? – Rob Sep 23 '18 at 14:13
  • @Rob it's not really question about hardware recommendation itself but about switchdev driver adoption in hardware. – Lapsio Sep 24 '18 at 14:11

Try the term whitebox switches for your searches. There are some vendors/distributions in that area.

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