Recently many little boards running Linux appeared across the globe. These boards may prove useful for many projects and for teaching Linux OS to any enthusiast out there. But how we got there? Read about the road to development of these embedded computers. (by Publitek European Editors)
Linux has long been on the edge of breaking into embedded systems, but one barrier has been the lack of affordable development boards with fast enough processors and large enough storage to cope with Linux. In the last few years, the situation has changed and there are a number of low-cost development boards, each with an array of plug-in peripherals and carrying processors with the power and memory to comfortably execute Linux-based applications. This article will look at BeagleBoard/BeagleBone and PandaBoard. It will also look at a manufacturer’s approach to the same problem – The Freescale Tower development system with a special emphasis on the MPC8309 PowerQUICC II Pro processor.
Linux and the Road to Development – [Link]
Texas Instruments is conducting a design challenge for students at the University of Texas at Austin to determine the most innovative idea implemented on a BeagleBoard ARM Cortex-A8 processor-based system in the form of a practical application.
Vote in the BeagleBoard open source design challenge – [Link]
Justin Huynh build an Open Source Ebook Reader based on Beagleboard OMAP platform by Texas Instruments. Ebook reader Hardware is based on a number of modules such as: Liquidware BeagleTouch OLED module, and a BeagleJuice Lithium Ion battery power pack and Software is based on the open source FBReader by Geometer Plus. [via]
DIY BeagleBoard-based Open Source Ebook Reader – [Link]
Matt from Antipasto Hardware introduces a 100% open source hardware and software Graphing Calculator based on Beagleboard embedded Linux hardware. This module is able to run R programming language. The motivation behind this project is to build a graphic calculator that is different from existing calculators, can run Linux and R code, can be programmed in C and Perl, has a Wifi connection and run on a web browser. Check project details on the link below. [via]
Open Source HW/SW Graphing Calculator – [Link]