Thanks to the folks at LinkSprite a pcDuino3 Nano recently arrived in my mailbox. The pcDuino3 is a later generation of the pcDuino which I got in March 2013. I really enjoyed working with the original pcDuino. I used it on in a number of projects which are documented in this blog.
I found the pcDuino to be a usable computer with easy access to the basic hardware level. Unlike some other similar systems you can boot into a windowed environment and get very reasonable performance.
My positive experiences with the first pcDuino led me back to LinkSprite when I started looking for a a new system to host my home network attach storage system. The specifications for the pcDuino3 Nano sold me on it and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.
What I liked about the pcDuino3 Nano was that it has a decent amount of processing power, a SATA port, GB ethernet and at $39.99 a very attractive price. Over the next week or so I plan to document my experiences putting this system through its paces and then setting up the NAS system.
The picture above is where I was about 10 minutes after unboxing the pcDuino3 Nano. I had it plugged into my network and into a monitor with a keyboard, a mouse and a console cable. I applied power and it booted me into Lubuntu 12.04.
I plan to post updates and tutorials on this project over the next several months.
More to follow…