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Old 12-30-2013, 11:35 AM   #1
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Matrix ARM mini PC


I saw the add at the bottom of the wiki ... looking at the specs it sounds interesting, as long as the price comes down a bit.
Whats the support for Freescal MCIMX6Q5EYM10AC in the vanilla kernel ?
Anyone tried one ?
 
Old 12-31-2013, 05:55 AM   #2
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I asked for some details on the device using the "contact form":

I'm intrested in the matrix mini pc but I'l like to use a custom OS image so
it would be handy to know some things to help me decide if it's suitable:
what's the boot loader used on this device ? and can it be used to boot from
all the storage options on the board ? (ie sata,usb storage, emmc and SD)
what's the linux mainsteam kernel support for the SOC used on this device ?
what linux distributions are ready to run on this device ?

This is the reply I got:

You can view more details on: http://www.tbsdtv.com/launch/tbs-291...m-mini-pc.html
We will provide u-boot , kernel and filesystem

I'll take the "We will provide kernel" as meaning that the mainstream linux kernel will never fully support this device, but I'm hoping to be mistaken.
 
Old 12-31-2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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Looks like a supported arm board for the most part. Many linux users are new to this type of board too. Many of the distro's are now adding in more and more support for these devices. The maker offers some linux already. I'd add to that to start.

Yes, the price is high right now but it does have some pretty advanced features not found on a common cheap mini usb stick pc.
 
Old 01-01-2014, 03:29 PM   #4
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Yeah the make offers kernel and some sort of linux distribution, which is surely better then doing nothing at all, but it would be best if they make efforts for pushing stuff to the mainstream kernel tree so that all linux distributions can benefit.
 
Old 01-27-2014, 02:54 AM   #5
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For some time I was convinced I was going to get an ODROID-U3 CE but then as I added the options that are included in the Matrix the price inflated to quite close to the Matrix ... but still lacking SATA, Gb ethernet and mini PCI-express. On the other side the ODROID-U3 has quad core 1.7 GHz core that makes it a pretty powerful little thing.
I think that the choice may boil down to shipping/handling costs !
Anyone tried Slackware on one of these ? as amongst other things I'll be wanting to use it to compile my arm packages natively ?
 
  


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