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Old 11-13-2011, 12:16 PM   #1
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Good all-round embedded linux development board


Hello all,

Could somebody be so kind as to recommend a good all-round Linux capable development board with the following basic requirements:

arm9 based
serial ports
ethernet
usb
U-boot compatible (or recommend another bootloader)

I am trying to unify (once and for all) my accumulated scraps of ARM and Linux knowledge gained over the years and want to really try to understand it all from the ground up. I am a software engineer but tend to enjoy the comforts of c# and .net these days! I have worked on ARM and Linux projects in the past but only after somebody else had done all the ground work.

I have installed the latest Ubuntu (11.10) on a laptop and am ready to face the development world from a Linux point of view. I guess its also time to learn to use 'vi' without a sense of dread...

Apologies in advance for the noobie questions that I am about to fill these forums!
 
Old 11-14-2011, 06:37 AM   #2
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Have you looked at pcengines.ch ?
You can buy their products faster from www.mini-box.com if you're located in the states.
I have one running pfSense (bsd) but they'll also run linux just fine.
 
Old 11-16-2011, 12:28 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply _bsd.

Does anyone else wish to add any further boards that they have had great success with and would recommend as a 'well supported and understood' board (at least by memebers of this forum).

Also, a board that can be bought from the UK relatively cheaply. (~150 tops)
 
Old 11-18-2011, 05:52 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply _bsd.

Does anyone else wish to add any further boards that they have had great success with and would recommend as a 'well supported and understood' board (at least by memebers of this forum).

Also, a board that can be bought from the UK relatively cheaply. (~150 tops)
Have you looked at pandaboard or beagleboard? These are within the range and are quite well supported and understood.
 
Old 11-18-2011, 11:24 AM   #5
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Has anybody had any joy with the 'mini2440' (uses a Samsung ARM9 S3C2440)? They seem to be popular on EBAY for under 100!

Also, is the VIVI bootloader easy to use/understand?
 
  


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