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Neat but Hard to Configure
on May 4, 2013
One note is that a lot of articles on this product state that it ships with power cords and other items. This only came with a USB cable. Many external reviews led me to believe I'd get a 5V wall wart with it.
Either way, it seems like a great product so far and I'm working on some proofs of concepts such as WiFi setup and Arduino control.
The GPIO logic is great and I am anxious to use it once my initial setup is complete, but it's proven difficult to get the Linux side of BB up and running. Angstrom is very touchy and it didn't help that the pre-installed distro didn't work correctly (SSH was broken). I had to flash the device before I could do anything and that failed the first few times leaving me temporarily with a paperweight. Linux is up and running again but networking is unpredictable and I've spent a few days trying to configure wired and wireless access. I configured the same RA2800 chipset on Raspberry Pi in just a few minutes, so far BB is a disappointment and eating up my time. It would be better is Ubuntu were available.
My hope is to configure VNC, WiFi, and run it from a battery like I do my RPi. This will be the true test of whether it's a better option since my Pi setup works perfectly for this.
In the meantime, the serial connection just failed, so I'm back to the paperweight and need to flash it again. This takes 45 minutes -- make sure it's plugged into a wall outlet and do not stop the flash or you will leave it in a half-state that cannot be used. Flashing again will fix it (but you won't find these tips anywhere on the BeagleBone instructions).
More updates to come...sorry BB, you've lost two stars and are down to 3.