codedivine wrote:Thought people might be interested in this little puppy: http://beagleboard.org/bone
For people too lazy to click the link, it is a small board powered by a ARM Cortex A8 (720MHz peak) and 256MB RAM. It comes with Angstrom Linux preloaded on a microSD card.
Alternately, you can get a cheap 5V power supply, connect it via ethernet to your router, and you can ssh into it (ssh is enabled by default, no configuration necessary). This is what I have done. For the hardware hacker types, it also comes with a lot of connectors with some daughter boards and accessories in development. For others (like me), it is an easy and fun way to play with an ARM board.
It does have a free USB port, not sure if you can say connect a hard drive to it.
bthylafh wrote:Are there advantages to this board vs. the Raspberry Pi? The Pi's going to be quite a bit cheaper, at least for the motherboard.
tfp wrote:If it's like other TI processors that microSD card is specifically formatted so that the processor ROM boot code knows that it is a boot-able device. Also the UBL and U-boot (MLO and Eboot for CE) are written specific locations on the SD card, if you write over them with new versions your fine. If you delete and then copy the new boot loader files to the SD card it will not boot until you reuse the tools on the SD card.
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