[MinnowBoard] My Initial thoughts on the MinnowBoard Max

Darren Hart dvhart at linux.intel.com
Tue Aug 12 16:55:05 UTC 2014

Hi David,

A lot of the minnowmax sharing is happening on G+. Perhaps people will start
posting to youtube as well. I'm not sure what would motivate someone to do
one over the other. Perhaps just the preferences of the people attracted to
one board or the other.

As to a forum... I don't really understand what you mean. Is this not a
forum? Or do you mean something other than a mailing list? Some of that is
also happening on Google+ and the IRC channel.

The cases you mentioned are being discussed a bit on G+.

As for the fanboy sites and howtos, one possibility is that a lot of what
those sites are dedicated to (getting common OSs to work on the board) isn't
needed. As an x86 platform, most of the common operating systems and distros
work out of the box, not special instruction necessary. Where there are
caveats, they are mostly covered on the wiki:

Finally, a lot of people are still awaiting their boards, so I expect to see
an increase in chatter over the next few weeks.

Just my thoughts on why this might be the case.

Darren Hart Open Source Technology Center
darren.hart at intel.com             Intel Corporation

From:  David Rolfe <David at montala.co.uk>
Reply-To:  David Rolfe <David at montala.co.uk>, MinnowBoard Development and
Community Discussion <elinux-minnowboard at lists.elinux.org>
Date:  Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 9:43
To:  <elinux-minnowboard at lists.elinux.org>
Subject:  [MinnowBoard] My Initial thoughts on the MinnowBoard Max

> Hi,
> Bearing in mind the revolutionary ideas behind the MinnowBoard Max, and the
> fact that these boards are now starting to arrive in the hands of Œend users¹,
> I have to say that I am quite surprised at the lack of general information
> available, and indeed the absence of even a general discussion forum
> anywhereŠ. and I have not even found an unboxing video on You Tube yetŠ or
> seen one for sale on eBay!
> It is possible of course that I am completely missing the point here, but I am
> placing this product in the same league as the Raspberry Pi, the Beagle Board
> together with other recent updated SOC boards such as the Banana Pi,
> Cubieboard etc.
> These are all so called development boards, which (as a basic example) just
> require a power supply, a USB keyboard/mouse plus a monitor, and of course a
> suitable operating system or Linux based Œdistro¹ to turn them into a simple
> personal computerŠ as I assume can the MinnowBoard Max, and thus have also
> caught the attention of the home hobbyist, or small computer enthusiast.
> That being the case I would have thought that a few Œfanboy¹ or Œenthusiasts¹
> websites would have appeared by now, together with third party offering of
> such items as cases, cables, power supplies, pre-programmed micro SD cards
> etc. Not everyone will be interested in this sort of thing of course,
> certainly not the more advanced developers, but there are a lot of no so
> experienced prospective customers out there who certainly would beŠ me
> included!
> Perhaps it is still early days or possibly the MinnowBoard Max is not really
> suitable for use in this way, although I sincerely hope it is!
> Please don¹t take this as a criticism of the manufacturers in any way, but I
> genuinely cannot understand why there is not a lot more coverage, in one way
> of another on the Œweb¹ of this board, or even some initial reviews!
> Personally, although I tend to follow developments in this area fairly
> closely, it was only a few days ago that I really became aware of the
> MinnowBoard Max for the first time.
> I am sure that I am about to be enlightened though!
> Regards,
> David
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