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About is dedicated to bringing you timely news and analysis on the latest hacker, maker, and developer friendly single-board computers (SBCs), computer-on-modules (COMs), development kits, and small, modular, programmable systems and embedded- or IoT- oriented gizmos built around them.


Formerly published as, the shift to was born of the recent, exponential expansion of interest in SBCs and COMs beyond the realm of commercial engineers, thanks to the emergence of “hacker” boards like the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and others. Given this new environment, it’s no surprise that the most popular stories on LinuxGizmos were our bi-annual roundups of open-spec SBCs, including our yearly hacker board reader survey collaboration with

With Linux, and the Linux-based Android, firmly established as the default platforms for smart, connected embedded, mobile, and IoT devices, we felt it was time to shift gears. So in April 2016, we morphed into “,” with a sharper focus on SBCs and COMs, and a broader coverage of OSes, beyond just Linux variants. coverage

We work tirelessly to bring you the most timely and relevant news and information about developer-friendly single board computer (SBC), computer-on-module (COM), system-on-chip (SoC), enclosure, and other hardware products. We also endeavor to provide the key information needed by embedded engineers and hobbyists concerning OSes, middleware, cloud services, and development tools, with particular emphasis on open source software platforms such as Linux, Android, Tizen, FreeRTOS, and FreeBSD.

HackerBoards is also pleased to host the LinuxDevices Archive, which contains nearly 15,000 news items and articles formerly published by and spanning a dozen years of early embedded Linux history. This valuable asset became available in December 2013 by virtue of a generous donation to the Linux community from Quinstreet Inc.

HackerBoards contributors

Rick Lehrbaum, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief — Rick is an entrepreneur, innovator, and well-known blogger in the embedded devices market. He co-founded Ampro Computers in 1983, authored the PC/104 standard and founded the PC/104 Consortium in 1991, created in 1999, and guided the formation of the Embedded Linux Consortium in 2000. Rick’s first SBC design was a 1977 wire-wrapped 8080 affair that was programmed with an on-board hex keypad, and was selected for inclusion in a never-published Byte Magazine book named “The Art of Computer Hacking.” The second SBC he designed was Ampro’s original Z80-based Little Board, in 1983.
Eric Brown, Editor — Eric Brown is a long-time observer of the embedded Linux and Android market. He’s a frequent contributor to and MIT Technology Insider. At, he was Chief Writer from 2007 to 2009 and Editor from 2009 to 2012. Former positions include executive staff positions at PC World and NewMedia Magazines.



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