[kwlug-disc] Raspberry Pi alternatives

Chris Craig kwlug.org at ciotog.net
Fri Dec 13 10:52:48 EST 2013


Jsquared, I wouldn't consider the Arduino anything near a RaspPi
alternative except in the broadest sense... They are in completely
different classes.

On the other hand, the OLinuXino, as well as the MinnowBoard,
CubieBoard, etc. are in the same class, and open source hardware
designs to boot.

I think some of the other main issues with the RaspPi would be the use
of micro-usb for power, the lack of a(n) RTC and the lack of a fully
open source driver for the GPU (although I don't think any of the
alternatives have this either, but they may be closer).

On 13 December 2013 00:01, John Johnson <jvj at golden.net> wrote:
> I think the A10 mentioned by Fadil may be from aw-som.
> In any case, Robert, from aw-som gave a presentation to the Android group a
> few months ago.
> Impressive.
> AFAIK The aw-som A10 and A20 are not Open Source but a flavour Linux runs on
> these boards.
> https://aw-som.com//index.php
> JohnJ
>
>
> On 2013-12-12 17:48, Fadil Berisha wrote:
>
>> Do you think this or other alternatives are worth investigating?
>  Olimex boards are truly open source hardware: - all hardware documentation
> is available under OSHW licence,
>
> Worth to read about A10-olinuxino-lime.
>
> In my projects I am using imx23 boards.
>
> Fadil Berisha
> g-lab.ca
>
>
>
>
>
> On Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 1:28 PM, Chris Craig <kwlug.org at ciotog.net> wrote:
>>
>> I came across this set of dev boards, which seem to overcome many of
>> the issues inherent in the Raspberry Pi. Unfortunately they seem to be
>> less readily available:
>>
>> https://www.olimex.com/Products/OLinuXino/open-source-hardware
>>
>> They've got them at Digikey, Mouser, and Newark - all have "Canadian"
>> presence, but none are really Canadian companies like Sayal or
>> Creatron.
>>
>> Do you think this or other alternatives are worth investigating?
>>
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