“Over the last year, LinuxGizmos has reported on dozens of new community backed, open spec, hacker- and developer-friendly single board computers that run Linux and Android. Weâ€™ve added these to a curated list of earlier boards to publish a catalog of 98 SBCs. The boards included in our survey must be priced under $200 (not counting shipping), have a promised shipment availability by July, and meet our relatively flexible selection criteria for open source compliance”
See Catalog of 98 open-spec, hacker friendly SBCsThanks to LinuxGizmos for their latest survey of FLOSS-friendly hackable single board computers.
Lowlights for me are that this market is still handicapped by limited RAM and SATA. The only boards that meet my requirements are too expensive to be on their list despite modest capabilities. Sadly, LinuxGizmos has one x86 board that blows away most of the selections. Why can’t board-makers make an ARMed SBC that’s just a little more expandable? It’s not as if a few connectors breaks the bank. People have been buying motherboards with empty connectors for decades. Just make the boards a little larger, please.
Highlights for me include Odroid-C2 which does make a nice PC client and is very suitable for hacking into some project like the Raspberry Pi and the like. It’s one drawback is that it’s still not supported completely by Linux. It needs some magical bits to boot. Then there’s FireFly RK3399 which comes close to what I want for a server except RAM is limited to 4GB and SATA requires use of USB or M.2 PCIe. Other better boards are too expensive to make the list. The doubly priced Marvell Community Board is an example.