Friday, March 9, 2012


I want an ARM board...
But which one to choose ???
I have considered many...

Wish list :
  • Connectivity
    • WiFi
    • Bluetooth 
    • CAN BUS
    • RS232
    • RS485
    • Ethernet
    • A/D I/O
    • Audio I/O
  • Display
    • HDMI
    • VGA
    • Composite
    • LCD Touch
  • Beagleboad
  • Snowball 
  • Pandaboard
  • armStoneA8
  • A suitable rplacement for the XBOX running XBMC, (The wife hated the WD interface and the HP d510 USFF was too noisy).
  • An in car "All-in-one" center::
    • Radio tuner with DAB+
    • MP3 player
    • GPS/SatNAV
    • Software Defined Ham radio
    • Engine monitoring 
    • Video and TV to rear seat (Grandchildren)
    • Internet Conectivity
    • Cruse control linked to GPS

Then came  Raspberry Pi (These Poms and there weird names) at $ 35 US !!!!!
Needless to say I was one of the many contributors to the RS Components and Element14 WEB server crashes.
Yep I managed to order one !  So now just waiting for the postman.
Not really !(I'm way to impatient for that ) Thanks to a couple of the members of the Raspberry Pi forum (cnxsoft, Jojopi, etc) and the grand children unknowing donating the PC they use when visiting. I have been playing with SD images using QEMU ever since they were available.
Check this out if you want to play:
How to build qemu-system-arm in Linux

Instructions to Run Raspberry Pi Fedora 14 Remix in QEMU

Raspberry Pi Fedora 14 Remix Available for Download

Don't get me wrong the more expensive boards are still under review but there are now so  many to choose from and the "PI" will get me started.

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