There are a huge number of manufacturers that are building Linux based Single Board Computers or SBCs. But choosing the right one for yourself among this large a number of Linux boards can be a little hard. So here’s a list of 40 Linux boards that you can get. I have listed their names, their websites, their processor and the last checked price. If you are unable to view the spreadsheet embedded herein, you can download it from here.
Considering the high demand of similar devices, it is highly recommended you check out the details of each of them first. In case you are just beginning to tinker with stuff, I will highly suggest you the Raspberry Pi, the most popular of the Linux Boards that are available.
The biggest advantage of Raspberry Pi over other similar and even more powerful Linux Boards is the fact that it is so popular. There are a number of forums with other people who do cool projects using it. Some of the most interesting projects are over here at Instructables. There are other projects hosted here at Treehugger and elsewhere.
There are other boards that are growing popular – like the BeagleBoard. This is far more powerful than Raspberry Pi and you have a similar size factor. Then there are even more powerful beasts (in comparison to Rasp Pi of course) like CubieTruck or Banana Pi.
In some cases even smaller boards may come in handy, those with about 64 MB RAM. They are not really meant for running full distributions, but just for some specific system tasks – like automating daily tasks.
The opportunities are many and with cheaper but questionable alternatives like the AllWinner based boards, even more powerful Linux boards are available at a cheaper cost. This may not sound attractive to all, but for adventurous hackers on a budget, it is gold.