OT: Robotics or embedded or hardware programming... what is this
smithi at nimnet.asn.au
Thu Jun 28 10:40:06 UTC 2012
On Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:43:35 -0600 (MDT), Warren Block wrote:
> On Mon, 25 Jun 2012, Ian Smith wrote:
> > On Fri, 22 Jun 2012 06:47:48 -0600 (MDT), Warren Block wrote:
> > > On Fri, 22 Jun 2012, Ian Smith wrote:
> > >
> > > Well, there is devel/arduino. It's not emdedded Linux, but an IDE for
> > > writing and downloading code. The Arduino is a small embedded controller
> > > based on the Atmel AVR microcontrollers. They are quite powerful, easy to
> > > program, and accessible for experimenters. You can skip the Arduino
> > > environment if you like, using the same lower-level tools like avr-gcc
> > > directly. And the Arduino board can be used as a programmer, downloading
> > > code to plain AVR chips and avoiding the need for more Arduino boards. Talk
> > > about the Arduino on FreeBSD is generally on the freebsd-embedded mailing
> > > list.
> > Thanks Warren. I got the wrong idea that Arduino ran an embedded Linux
> > from a friend, a Linux-using Electrical Engineer, but not a programmer.
> > I'd also (too) briefly glanced at www.arduino.cc and noted Windows, Mac
> > and Linux references, and Linux binaries, but had no idea you had ported
> > the GUI. Could you perhaps try pushing the FreeBSD port upstream to
> > Arduino, so people can find out that it exists from there?
> There was an updated entry mentioning the port in the Playground, which now
> seems to have reverted back to the old not-yet-working procedure for FreeBSD
> 6.1. And I see that 1.0.1 is out, so now the port needs to be updated.
> There doesn't appear to be a way for me to edit that. I can send mail to the
> site about mentioning the FreeBSD port on the downloads page. Or you can, if
> you like.
MAMBM .. I'd promised myself I wouldn't spend any more time on this :)
That wiki is fairly messed up, but its search helps a bit; searching for
'FreeBSD' (ie googling 'FreeBSD site:http://arduino.cc/playground')
turns up more than is indexed from the sidebar, including some pages not
apparently accessible otherwise. It really needs the main index editing
(as well as http://arduino.cc/playground/Learning/FreeBSD) to point to
(say) 'Installing Arduino on other platforms' after the Linux one, but
it'd be a bit of work. Yes, even just a link in the Downloads section
would help, but making FreeBSD support more obvious sure wouldn't hurt.
> Something I forgot to mention earlier is that it may now be possible to buy
> Arduinos or compatibles at Radio Shack stores in the US.
Yes they're definitely getting out there. Tandy / RS abandoned the kit
market here, but Jaycar (2011 cat) has Uno-compatible boards for $40 and
a Duemilanove-compatible with onboard Ethernet 'shield' for $70. Hmm.
Despite indexing FreeBSD under Linux(!), anybody interested in embedded
monitoring, control and/or robotics with Arduino or Atmel uCs in general
should find something of interest in 'The World Famous Index of Arduino
& Freeduino Knowledge' at http://www.freeduino.org/
sucked in, Ian
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