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Osgeld

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May 23, 2012, 04:59 am Last Edit: May 23, 2012, 05:02 am by Osgeld Reason: 1
as the PI continues to drag its ass I keep looking for alternatives, already bought a 400Mhz arm system with a 3.5 inch color touchscreen and linux+QT already installed for 110 bucks to use as a PLC user I/O at work.

the longer it takes, the more the market will choke, and whats already out there is dropping like mad while new competitors cash in on the hype ... though they have the ability to make thousands of boards a day in house while PI is waiting for UPS to show up with a box or 2

Graynomad

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already bought a 400Mhz arm system with a 3.5 inch color touchscreen and linux+QT already installed f

What is it?

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as the PI continues to drag its ass I keep looking for alternatives

Likewise with the Due for me.

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Barely out of the starting block and already direct competition...


Yeah, I've been waiting to see how the Raspberry Pi shakes out.  If the VIA board becomes available (I don't consider it available to until many people actually have one) first, I'm sold.  That's a lot of power for $50.
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Osgeld

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May 23, 2012, 07:00 am Last Edit: May 23, 2012, 07:12 am by Osgeld Reason: 1

What is it?


http://www.mini-box.com/mini2440v2

the specs are all kind of messed up, noobs making spec websites, its 64M ram, 64M rom, 256 color screen

Graynomad

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May 23, 2012, 07:15 am Last Edit: May 23, 2012, 07:20 am by Graynomad Reason: 1
Looks pretty tempting, I may have to drag my old rusty *nix skills out of the attic :)

EDIT: I see it can drive a 7" LCD as well, I'm thinking master controller for my RV monitoring network. Do you know what sort of power they draw.

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Osgeld

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May 23, 2012, 07:25 am Last Edit: May 23, 2012, 07:42 am by Osgeld Reason: 1
no clue as its not in my hands as of now (it wasnt really a concern of mine)

though

http://www.mini-box.com/mini-2440-Samsung-S3C2240-ARM9-Board-7-TFT


Looks pretty tempting, I may have to drag my old rusty *nix skills out of the attic :)


*nix skills are required for the pi as well, though you pretty much get a blank board and have to go though (ie) debian's klingon worded, multipaged, broken up, maybe out of date depending on where you happen to link to, gawd awefull instructions (really... these people make installing a video driver look like effin rocket science is some grade school stuff at times... I know, I did a build on a Powemac 9600 dual cpu, took me a month to figure out how to change the freakin volume)

least with scripting like QTlua you can bang out a UI in a couple hours, change a config file and have a custom controller  ;) (or python or whatever else open source you happen to like)

fkeel

but android?

android 2.3?

really does not tempt me at all.

Osgeld

so? dont use it, it comes with linux QT installed with a generic 2.6.x kernel, and you CAN use IF you want to Android or windows CE

fkeel

aaaah... thats... how is it put? "a horse of a different colour" .... I misunderstood, thought it was an android only platform which confused me...

Ran Talbott


*nix skills are required for the pi as well, though you pretty much get a blank board and have to go though (ie) debian's klingon worded, multipaged, broken up, maybe out of date depending on where you happen to link to, gawd awefull instructions


Or, you could read the RPi's FAQ, which directs you to a download page with instructions even a call-center staffer could follow for creating a bootable SD with your choice of three different flavors of Linux.

Osgeld

light instructions and a call center, not quite the "oh I can plug this in and it will boot to basic" that many people seem to think

I am still waiting when I can get a PI, I just think a lot of expectations are unrealistic

Grumpy_Mike

I got my Pi last week. I must say I was not impressed until I came across an example of displaying a HD movie, that is impressive. The other stuff looks it came right out of the 80s.

They do have a bit of an issue with poly fuses on the USB outputs, limiting USB current draw to about 100mA on a good day. The normal on resistance is about 5R and this messes up the voltage regulation on the USB power output. However my Apple keyboard with only a 22mA draw choked it. Either that or the software. 

fkeel


I have been playing around with the GPIO pins. For me those are the most exciting aspect of the pi. Guess I will eventually connect some nice ADCs vie I2C.

question to you guys: If you could mod the pi (or if you will mod the pi) what will/would your first hardware ad-on be?


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