Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 13th Nov 2012 06:13 UTC
In the News The Raspberry Pi has inspired a flock of competitors. Among them are the A13-OLinuXino, which you can purchase here for 45 euros. It comes with an A13 Cortex A8 processor at 1GHz, 3D Mali400 GPU, 512 MB RAM, and complete set of ports. Video is VGA. It ships Android 4.0 but also runs various Linux distros. You might also check out the $49US Cubieboard here and the UG802 for $89US here. And there's the MK802 micro-PC, a USB-sized device priced at $74US that runs Android 4.0, Ubuntu, Debian, and other distros. The tiny single-board computer has come of age.
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RE: Other options
by WereCatf on Wed 14th Nov 2012 08:15 UTC in reply to "Other options"
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Does anybody have experience with the BeagleBoard ( ) or the PandaBoard ( )? Are they any good?

I have a Pandaboard myself. The hardware itself is pretty good except for the lack of SATA, what with dual-core CPU, plenty of RAM, WIFI, Bluetooth, 10/100 Ethernet, loads of pins for all kinds of hardware - projects and so on. But the software-side of things, however....

Well, my earlier post on this very same news item says this: "Having to rely on closed binaries wouldn't be such a bad thing if they atleast were functional and kept up-to-date, but my Pandaboard is a rather good example of what these things can be at worst: on some versions H/W acceleration of decoding or encoding stuff doesn't work, sometimes X acceleration doesn't work, audio output from the analog connectors doesn't work, or like with the latest updates networking got broken and the board goes into a hard lock-up after 1 to 10 minutes!"

Basically if you only want accelerated X, nothing else, then it should work, but H/W accelerated video decoding will be totally hit-and-miss, and audio output will be reliable only via a USB-soundcard or over HDMI.

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