What is OLinuXino?
OLinuXino are series of powerful Linux-enabled Open Source Software and Open Source Hardware Open Source Hardware boards, designed and manufactured by Olimex LTD in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
The boards from the OLinuXino family can be manufactured with components suitable for operation in either industrial (-40+85)C or commercial (0-70)C temerpature range. Different OLinuXino boards use processors from different manufacturers - Allwinner, Freescale, Rockchip and so on.
What makes OLinuXino different from other Linux computers?
OLinuXino boards are completely open source OSHWA.org certified and you have access to all the CAD files and sources and you can reuse them for your own personal or commercial projects. This brings security to your business, you own everything and have control. There are NO restrictions for manufacturing and selling our designs or boards in your own applications.
Long Term Supply
We produce our boards until there is demand and we can buy the components, even if board is marked on our web as obsolete it can be produced on demand when minimum quantity is met (vary for the different boards).
We have an agreement with Allwinner for longevity support. We can purchase obsolete Allwinner chips if we order at least 50000 units. This allow us to manufacture the boards longer than other manufacturers. The typical life of an Allwinner chip is 8-12 months but we keep manufacturing boards with chips like Allwinner A10 and Allwinner A13 - chips that were declared obsolete in 2014 and not available for purchase anymore. We still order these chips and keep producing boards with A10 and A13, and will continue as long as there is demand. We also sell only Allwinner chips in our web store - customers that decide to manufacture OLinuXino by themselves have access to small quantities of the chip.
Please read these blog posts (https://olimex.wordpress.com/tag/longevity/).
OLinuXino designs are ever improving. Typical Linux boards have few revisions and short life span, our boards have many revisions as we improve on the hardware and listen to the community feedback. At the same time we keep backward compatibility. This is not a toy-board. Our boards are used in applications where reliable 24/7 operation is needed. Each part of the designed is based on our 25+ years of experience. With the open source design nothing is hidden and you can check and evaluate every bit of them even before purchase.
OLinuXino is available in any quantity. We not only design but also manufacture our boards in-house. This gives us independence and we can produce the boards in any quantity, fast and flexible.
Where OLinuXino project is hosted?
The project is hosted at Github:
Where I can discuss about OLinuXino?
The development discussion group:
Olimex forum https://www.olimex.com/forum/
Olimex IRC chat channel #olimex at freenode
What makes OLiuXino products better than competition?
Releasing the boards as Open Source Hardware brings even more value since:
- Customers have control over all board design info;
- There are no hidden features and bugs, everything is at your disposal;
- Longetivity and independence are guaranteed: you can buy from us or manufacture yourself or hire someone to manufacture these boards for you;
- Designing OSHW gives advantage on receiving customer feedback even at the earliest stage of the development;
The Hardware project is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
- You may reproduce it for both your own personal use, and for commercial use
- You will have to provide a link to the original creator of the project http://www.olimex.com on any documentation or website.
- You may also modify the files, but you must then release them as well under the same terms.
- Credit can be attributed through a link to the creator website: http://www.olimex.com
If you are not confident with the Open Source Licensee - no problem you can contact us and we can work on commercial licensee or re-design of OLINUXINO to better fit your needs.
The software is released under GPL.
Available signals and interfaces
Getting started with Linux
Preparing SD card and images
Boot from eMMC
Boot from SATA
Working with Python
Software access to OLinuXino Hardware