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Old 08-28-2012, 04:14 PM   #1
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New forum for microcontrollers and SBCs.


There's a rash of new Single Board Computers (SBCs) about to hit the market at prices well under $100, and most based on the new SuperARMs. The Raspberry Pi is the best known of them at A$38, and is near as good as an Intel mobo; the new Arduino Leostick is only a microcontroller, but at A$29.95 offers a powerful peripheral interface. See here for a quick list:

http://52midnight.com/elcotech/

The dominant development environment (often the only one) is M$, something I refuse to contemplate, but I've just been forced to fire up an old XP box in order to upgrade my new Maximite. The shame of this is a burden I'll long carry, and in order to avoid more of it, I'd like to suggest a forum dedicated to what appears to be a coming boom, albeit in a niche market. I've an immediate problem I'd like to discuss concerning Minicom and Xmodem transfers, and will post it if there are others with similar interests.
 
Old 08-28-2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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How would this forum be different then the existing embedded forum?

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Old 08-28-2012, 04:51 PM   #3
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How would this forum be different then the existing embedded forum?
"Embedded" implies no HI - no screen as such, either no keyboard or a simple dedicated one, and (intended or not) a strong focus on the "geek" community. The new SBCs are intended more as low-end PCs dedicated to specific uses. For example, I've been looking for a small box to hang behind my TV devoted to video; until now, none had the needed grunt, but these new ones should be up to it.

I agree that there is and will continue to be an overlap. The main reason for my suggestion is that it could appeal to a growing number of mainstream users who might be wanting to experiment with these things (RaspPi hasn't been able to keep up with demand) but may be put off, and perhaps mystified, by whatever "embedded" means to them. Call it a marketing ploy, if you like.
 
Old 08-28-2012, 05:32 PM   #4
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I also prefer to think of embedded as no video or standard HID etc. but the line is getting more fuzzy. I do not think an additional forum is necessary but will see what others have to say.

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Old 08-28-2012, 06:27 PM   #5
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I'd like to suggest a forum dedicated to what appears to be a coming boom, albeit in a niche market.
Create a new sub-forum on a board that already has too many sub-fora for what appears/might/could be a future trend? Not advisable.
 
Old 08-28-2012, 09:14 PM   #6
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tekra, is that your web site?
 
Old 08-29-2012, 10:48 PM   #7
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My website is 52midnight.com if that's what you're asking.
 
Old 08-30-2012, 01:32 PM   #8
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Thanks for the feedback. While I'm not sure there is currently enough interest to warrant a dedicated sub-forum, it's possible we should update the Linux - Embedded forum name and description to more explicitly include devices such as the Beagle/Panda/Raspberry Pi. Thoughts?

--jeremy
 
Old 08-30-2012, 04:57 PM   #9
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That could be a good idea. A clearer, or more detailed, description of what the sub-forum contains should alleviate the concerns members, sure as the OP, have. At this time, a new sub-forum is not needed.
 
Old 10-04-2012, 02:27 PM   #10
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Thanks for the feedback. While I'm not sure there is currently enough interest to warrant a dedicated sub-forum, it's possible we should update the Linux - Embedded forum name and description to more explicitly include devices such as the Beagle/Panda/Raspberry Pi. Thoughts?

--jeremy
Yes, I agree.
 
Old 10-10-2012, 10:13 AM   #11
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Hi,

Raspberry Pi is considered a 'SBC' using a ARM device. Yet, the RPi can be used as a embed device by experimenters. Many projects show the versatility of the RPi. Raspberry Pi wiki does provide some information. Some RPi projects do use 'Arduino' as a independent controller to the SBC.

Look here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/

And here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/page/2

Plus;
My believe is that <Linux-Embedded> would be the place for ARM & hardware specific queries or issues. Anything Gnu/Linux or Linux could/should be placed in related forums unless the question cannot be addressed by alternate forums.

Current;
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Linux - Embedded
This forum is for the discussion of Linux and embedded devices.
Suggestion for something similar to this;
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Linux - Embedded
This forum is for the discussion of Linux and embedded devices such as the Beagle/Panda/Raspberry Pi. Arduino and other micro-controller like devices are welcome.
Possible sub-forums within <Linux-Embedded> when necessary if posting for particular devices is apparent or necessary. Overwhelming the forum with one device could justify a new sub-forum.

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:41 AM   #12
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I'd say it may be best to move forward renaming the forum to Linux - Embedded and Single-board computer with the following description:

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This forum is for the discussion of Linux on both embedded devices and single-board computers (such as the Raspberry Pi, BeagleBoard and PandaBoard). Discussions involving Arduino, plug computers and other micro-controller like devices are also welcome.
Thoughts?

--jeremy
 
Old 10-10-2012, 10:45 AM   #13
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Looks good to me.
 
Old 10-10-2012, 10:48 AM   #14
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I'll leave some time for additional feedback. If there are no suggestions, objections, etc. made I'll update the forum name and description.

--jeremy
 
Old 10-10-2012, 02:03 PM   #15
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The forum description and name have been updated. Further feedback and suggestions are welcome.

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