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conversation order.

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On Wednesday 12 Oct 2016 14:24:15 Andy Mender wrote:
> Dear Daniel,
> You're correct, Arduino is for tech projects. Not much of an actual
> "computer",
> because both the processor and amount of RAM are too weak. However, there
> is a new board that supposedly runs a full-blown FreeBSD 3.x version.
> Cannot find
> a link to the blog entry now, sorry :(.
> I would recommend taking a look at the Beaglebone Black boards. In some
> cases
> they're more potent than a standard Raspberry Pi. Since you mentioned
> being FSF
> friendly, does Raspberry not use a Broadcom chip for graphics?
> The default will almost always be some sort of Debian-based distro. There
> is a Gentoo
> ARM project, so you could have a look whether it complies with your
> expectations :).
> Best regards,
> Andy Mender
> On 12 October 2016 at 13:56, Daniel Campbell <> wrote:
> > My birthday's coming up in 10 days and my SO and others are wanting to
> > know what to get me for my birthday. I'm slowly growing tired of trying
> > to keep my desktop Gentoo machine lightweight and "clean", so it'd be
> > fun to hack on a little computer that I could possibly DIY a case or
> > other arrangement for. Maybe a file/web server, or a "freetoo" machine
> > where I can experiment with being rigidly FSF-APPROVED or other fun
> > shenanigans.
> > 
> > I've looked around at the Raspberry Pi 3, the Pocket CHIP (I also have
> > PICO-8 and am hacking something for it), the Pi Zero, and have heard
> > about the Beaglebone and Arduino, though isn't the latter meant for more
> > interactive or robotic thing due to the large array of IO pins?
> > 
> > If I had the right tools or gadgets, creating my own UMPC would be
> > really fun.
> > 
> > At a minimum, I would prefer HDMI instead of composite or VGA, though it
> > could be headless and I just use SSH or an Adafruit LCD.
> > 
> > Any opinions or use cases and stories would be much appreciated. I would
> > prefer running Gentoo on it, but Debian, Mint, or Slackware would be
> > tolerable.
> > --
> > Daniel Campbell - Gentoo Developer
> > OpenPGP Key: 0x1EA055D6 @ hkp://
> > fpr: AE03 9064 AE00 053C 270C  1DE4 6F7A 9091 1EA0 55D6


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