Raspberry Pi: Five alternatives for hackers and modders

The Raspberry Pi has been the darling of the homebrew hacking and modding community since its launch more than two years ago.

Creative tinkerers have used the $35 Linux board to cook up talking mirrors, drones and automated book readers. The volume of creations has shown the appetite among the maker community for low-cost, energy sipping and versatile boards like the Pi.

While small board computers predate the Pi the market for boards and small form factor PCs is increasingly crowded with machines that bake-in features or performance not offered by the Pi.

Here are five alternatives that attempt to deliver something more than the Pi.

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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.