Difficult to choose between manufacturers of embedded system boards supporting Linux and other Free Software operating systems? There are so many of them now…
To help you find the best hardware solution for your system, we are keeping a list of suppliers making attractive products.
Here are the conditions to be on the list:
- Offer attractive and competitive products
- At least one products supported (at least partially) in the official versions of Free Software operating systems (Linux, eCos, NetBSD…). This is a rather strong requirement, but only such products bring a guarantee for long term community support, making it much easier to develop and maintain embedded systems. Compare this with hardware supporting only a very old and heavily patched Linux kernel, for example, which software can only be maintained by its original developers. This also reveals the ability of the hardware vendor to work with the community and share technical information with its users and developers. On the ARM platform, we also include boards supported by Linaro. which has ongoing projects to support these boards in mainline Linux.
- At least one product meeting the above requirements, with a public price (without having to register), and still available on the market.
- Specifications and documentation directly available on the website (no registration required).
- Website with an English version.
Companies and organizations are listed by alphabetical order, mentioning the country where their headquarters are. Of course, most of these organizations accept worldwide orders.
OrganizationsMakers of the cheap and attractive FOX boards.
and ATX boards.
Low-cost Cortex-A9 board created by a group of engineers in their free time. Hardware available under an open license.
Contributing to this page
Don’t hesitate to contact us to let us know about other suppliers, or to report websites which still are on our list but no longer match our criteria. Corrections and updates are also welcome.