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Beaglebone Black Version

Created Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:09:03 +0000 by sfugarino


Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:09:03 +0000

Is there a version for Beaglebone Black?


Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:14:33 +0000

Like the chipKIT Pi is for the Raspberry Pi? Not that I know of. Not yet anyway. Interested?



Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:25:53 +0000

For sure. There is a version of the Arduino IDE that runs on the Beaglebone. You can power an Arduino off the Beaglebone's USB and use the Arduino IDE to program it. It would be nice to be able to do that with my UNO32 or Fubarino.

On a similar note, Arduino is coming out with the Tre board soon. A chipKit version of something similar would be really cool.


Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:18:11 +0000

Does the BBB run Debian / Debian derived Linux? If so, what "flavour" is it? armhf?

If if is, then it should just run the pi version of MPIDE (and the armhf version of UECIDE) just fine.


Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:00:10 +0000

Yes, BBB runs debian. As a matter of fact, the latest official distribution is debian and it is armhf. I'll give it a try when I get time.

Angstrom is still included on the latest firmare page on, but I think new BBB are shipping with Debian wheezy.


Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:53:42 +0000

They're shipping? Not in the UK they aren't. I just went to look at the specs, decided I NEEDED one, then went to buy one. All three UK distributors are out of stock. Still, with a board like that, I'm not surprised.

I WILL have one... oh yes, I WILL!


Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:13:03 +0000

They are supposed to release revision C this month. It will have a 4GB eMMC as opposed to the 2GB on the current (revision B) boards, so you may want to wait. They are always hard to find. Sparkfun is taking advanced orders on Rev C. Bad thing is the price just went up $10.


Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:37:17 +0000

Still not much different to the price of a Pi, and the build quality (and general design) is far far better than the Pi. I have a Pi. I don't use it much. It's my second one. The first one self destructed. It's full of design flaws and bad design decisions, and it's just generally utter rubbish. I hate the thing. The BBB looks so much better, and it might actually be usable, with 10x the IO of the Pi, and more CPU and RAM to boot. I'll hold out for the Rev C then as it sounds like it'll be even better! ;)


Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:20:42 +0000

Yeah, the BBB is a very well thought out device, but it has a different purpose than the PI. I wish it had a different GPU, but I've yet to hook mine up to a monitor, just ssh and vnc. Most interesting feature are the PRUs.