Wow, thanks for all the great feedback.

I am looking to design a new device, so form and function are both on the design table.  This new device is intended for toddlers and children under the age of 13 and is expected to be mobile in nature (not a desktop or even a small desktop for that matter).  At the moment I am reviewing potential internal hardware for this intended device. 

Your comments have been helpful and I appreciate the time in answering without knowing the exact purpose.

I certainly welcome more thoughts.

Thanks again!


On Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 10:10 PM, gnmckinney <> wrote:

I would tend to agree with bew003 in terms of the verdex series as they are
built more for embedded applications more so than for a more general purpose

 If you are looking to build a small machine then the Overo is probably the
better choice, both in terms of CPU and flexibility for more general purpose
applications (as in personal portable computer), RAM memory (256-megs
DDR-400) and 256-Megs of non-volatile FLASH memory.  It comes with a Linux
Desktop demonstration system already installed in the on-board FLASH memory
and you can add additional packages (applications) to the system using the
application manager. If 256-Megs of storage is not enough you can install a
bootable image on a micro-SDHC card (currently I am running on a 8-gig
micro-SDHC with about 7-gigs still available) which the system will boot
before it looks for the on-board bootable factory installed system (nice
feature as it saves the factory installation as a fall-back if something
goes wrong with the image on the micro-SD card).

I have an Overo myself and still in a vertical learning curve on
OpenEmbedded (the development environment) but from what I have done with
this machine I am impressed - currently it is configured with the
Enlightenment Desktop environment and running Apache2, MySQL along with a
GPS receiver and a webcam which sends images, using fswebcam, to the web
server (Apache2), WiFi (802.11b/g) and running OLSR (optimized link state
routing) to allow moving around in a WiFi ad-hoc environment without losing
connectivity due to weak-path signals.  I also have a 64-Gig Solid-State
drive connected through USB for external storage.

As far as displays are concerned I am currently using one of my 19-inch 16:9
format displays running 1024X768 at the moment but also have a 10-inch touch
screen which is 800X600 native that works with the Overo unit.  The Overo
has a DVI-D video output with a HDMI connector (actually that is on the
Summit Expansion board) so can be directly connected to displays that handle
DVI-D input (or, as I have done, you can get a DVI-D to RGB converter to
drive RGB displays).

If you are not familiar with Linux then bew003's suggestion of getting a
netbook machine may make sense but if you are looking to work outside the
Windows world and want to play in the linux world this is a pretty good
machine to do it with.

hope this helps...

BTW: You can see my setup I am currently working with here:


bew003 wrote:
> Leshell Hatley wrote:
>> 2.  Does anyone have any recommendations for larger screens that will
>> actually work with gumstix - particularly the sold package on the
>> website (just replacing the touchscreen LCD with a larger one)?
>> 3.  Which distribution of linux works best?  *I'm thinking of Ubuntu.
> 2. Is there a particular reason you're thinking of the verdex? Because the
> Summit board seems like a much more straightforward way to attach a
> (larger) screen. Just search 'overo' or 'gumstix' on youtube for recent
> demos.
> 3. I'm sure I'll get argument about this but Gumstix isn't really designed
> to be a Desktop. Embedded devices are all about putting computers where
> they weren't before: think robots or vacuum cleaners or thermostats or
> whatever. Gumstix come with a specialized embedded OS (which I'd LOVE to
> hear more about). If you just want a small cheap computer, Dell sells
> netbooks for $250.

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