BeagleBone: A hacker oriented version of the Beagleboard
The instructions for downloading and building the distribution are available with the appropriate environment setting ('MACHINE=beaglebone bitbake cloud9-image'). According to the BeagleBoard developers, the BeagleBone is also an easier-to-clone device, and schematics are already available. Expansion boards for HDMI, VGA or LCD displays are planned and a DVI-D board is at the prototype stage. The BeagleBone expansion headers are not, though, compatible with the popular Arduino shield expansions; although it is possible to create an adapter, the developers believe it would under-utilise the Linux-based system and "compete in places where an Arduino really is the right solution." The production versions of the BeagleBone are due to start shipping before the end of November.
- TI launches the open source Beagle Board for £75, a report from The H.