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2008\08\07@154034 by Alex Harford

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Just saw this on the Digikey front page:
http://beagleboard.org/

600MHz ARM

Able to do 720p decoding with the DSP + mplayer patches

It seems like it's a very community oriented website, on their
hardware accessories page, they list Digikey and Sparkfun as possible
vendors.  But they also allow people to tag pages through the
del.icio.us website: delicious.com/tag/beagleboard+peripheral

2008\08\07@173533 by Peter Loron

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Yeah, saw that too. Looks very slick, although I'm mystified as to why  
they put so much effort into providing good multimedia capabilities  
and failed to put an ethernet interface on there.

It could make a great SOHO Asterisk box if you stored voicemail on a  
network mounted volume.

-Pete

On Aug 7, 2008, at 12:40 PM, Alex Harford wrote:

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2008\08\07@182019 by M. Adam Davis

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Well, they built out most of the functions of the OMAP processor, and
the processor doesn't include an ethernet MAC.

I imagine they also wanted to avoid adding cost (or increasing board
size) where it might not be used, since the USB is high speed
(480mbps) and already supports ethernet, wifi, and bluetooth modules
out of the box.

Still, I know one of the reasons so many linux boards have ethernet
onboard is that it's the fastest way to upload linux and a disk image
- right now the board doesn't support USB bootloading, so you're stuck
with serial (ugh!), JTAG (still not very fast), or using a memory card
(They brought back the venerable sneakernet!).

Once past bootstrapping your device, though, using a USB ethernet or
wireless adaptor doesn't seem so bad, and gives you a little bit of
flexibility.

-Adam

On 8/7/08, Peter Loron <spam_OUTpeterlTakeThisOuTspamstandingwave.org> wrote:
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2008\08\07@183011 by Mark Rages

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On Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 5:20 PM, M. Adam Davis <.....stienmanKILLspamspam@spam@gmail.com> wrote:
> Once past bootstrapping your device, though, using a USB ethernet or
> wireless adaptor doesn't seem so bad, and gives you a little bit of
> flexibility.
>

According to the manual, the USB host port has been removed because it
didn't work right.

I guess you could use TCP over a Linux "gadget" USB device connection.
It's only moderately painful.

Regards,
Mark
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Midwest Telecine LLC
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2008\08\07@191658 by M. Adam Davis

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There were two USB ports, one host only, and one high speed on the go.
You can still connect USB hubs and devices to the OTG USB port in
host mode, and the wiki seems to indicate that several ethernet and
wireless adaptors work with the current linux builds.

-Adam

On 8/7/08, Mark Rages <.....markragesKILLspamspam.....gmail.com> wrote:
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2008\08\08@040749 by Peter Loron

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Yeah, it just seems so clunky to have to add a dongle, and have the OS  
overhead of another protocol stack in he way.

-Pete

On Aug 7, 2008, at 4:16 PM, M. Adam Davis wrote:

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