Mini PC runs Linux and Android operating systems

£60 Raspberry Pi-like open-source mini PC launches

CircuitCo has released the Minnowboard Max, a Raspberry Pi-like single-board computer.

The mini PC runs the Linux and Android operating systems, with the $99 (£60) base model powered by a 1.46GHz E3815 processor and 1GB of RAM.

On top of this, the Minnowboard is open-source, with the manufacturer providing the board schematics freely for download.

In addition, the integrated Intel graphics chipset also uses open-source drivers, allowing hackers and tech tinkerers to bend the board’s programming to their desire.

The Minnowboard shares some similarities with the Raspberry Pi, in that it aims to provide wannabe programmers with a cheap way to design electronic systems, but is unlikely to compete directly given the Pi’s preference for the educational sector.

The announcement of the all-in-one board follows a crowdfunding campaign earlier this week for an open-source laptop design, which like the Minnowboard and Pi uses a miniature all-in-one ‘system on a board’ to allow open-source customisation.

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