The IFC6410 Pico-ITX board is a tiny computer-on-a-board powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor as the Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One M7 smartphones. It sells for $149 and it’s aimed at developers, hobbyists, and others interested in testing their hardware or software designs… but thanks to a few recent developments, you can also use the IFC6410 as a small, inexpensive desktop computer.

It’s now possible to run Ubuntu 14.04, Fedora 20, or other desktop operating systems based on Linux on the little developer board.

Image: myDragonBoard

Builds of Fedora and Ubuntu both feature open source graphics drivers from the freedeno project. While Qualcomm doesn’t provide open source drivers for its Adreno graphics technology, Freedreno is a reverse-engineered driver that offers 2D and 3D accelerated graphics with support for OpenGL ES 2.0.

Unfortunately there’s still no support for hardware-accelerated video playback, but the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor is powerful enough to handle 720p HD video playback using software decoders.

In other words, if you’re looking for a fully functional, Linux-based media center or gaming system, you might be better off with a different device. But if you’re looking for a cheap Linux computer for web browsing, document creation, and light multimedia duties, the IFC6410 is a lot more powerful than, say, a Raspberry Pi. Of course, it’s also a lot more expensive than that $35 computer.

The IFC6410 features 2GB of RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, 2 USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, a USB OTG port, a SATA connector, and developer features including GPIO, UART, SPI, and I2C connectors.

thanks kArL!

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4 replies on “IFC6410 Snapdragon 600 dev board now supports Fedora, Ubuntu”

  1. Hey, some good news to share with you
    Inforce Computing just announced the availability of the next-generation and enhanced Inforce 6410Plus SBC. Check out Introducing the New and Enhanced Inforce 6410Plus SBC based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 | Inforce Computing to read more about the product’s features/capabilities here and the cool accessories that will work with it.

  2. Sorry if this seems like a stupid question but does it have a display port and what type?

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