HummingBoard, my new toy.

Last month I was gratefully surprised by an email from Germany. SomeoneĀ  had seen my blog (yay!) and was interested in sending me a Cubox-i or a HummingBoard for free (double yay!).

It was hard to make the call, but I decided to request a HummingBoard, mainly because of the GPIO socket (General Purpose Input-Output). GPIO allows you to connect different electronic components to play with them and do robots and other cool things.

After several months and several hours doing paperwork in Customs, I finally got it. Compared with the Raspberry Pi, the HummingBoard has more RAMĀ  (1GB versus 512MB), and more CPU (2 cores versus 1) and it also includes a SPDIF audio output.

Very grateful with the new toy I already could run Fedora on it. In order to do that, I had to download an image from this GitHub repo. There are also instructions to build the image from scratch and I am going to try that later.

A few days ago, Peter Robinsion mentioned on his blog that the HummingBoard will be one of the primary devices for Fedora ARM on Fedora 21. This basically means, that there will be a lot of testing on this device and I will be part of it for sure.

Fedora has supported the architecture of the HummingBoard (armhfp), for several releases. All the Fedora repositories and some third party ones like RPMFusion have a lot of software that can be easily installed on this device. That is something I noticed that unfortunately is missing on the Raspberry Pi with Pidora.

These are some of the pics I took of the HummingBoard: