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It’s not ideal that community members release their own distros while continuing the Asus numbering scheme — in fact they should probably be forks — so for the purposes of this review I’m sticking with the official download from the web site because that will be the one retail customers find.
It’s worth pointing out that there is also an Android distribution, but since this is a comparison with the earlier review it’s being ignored here.
It has served as my bench computer and let me tell you, it’s been a fantastic little board.
It has provided a handy web terminal for technical look-up while working on hardware, and it has been very capable as an authoring and graphics manipulation platform for Hackaday stories requiring some bench time.
Back in February this year, we ordered a new single board computer, and reviewed it.
The board in question was the Asus Tinker Board, a Raspberry Pi 3 competitor from the electronics giant in a very well-executed clone of the Raspberry Pi form factor.
So over six months later it’s time to return to the Tinker Board and take a look at the state of its distro and at its support offering.
We were then contacted by some of the folks from Asus who explained that the board had not yet been officially launched, and that the unit we’d secured had escaped the fold a little early.
Thus it’s been a nagging discomfort that this was a product to which we didn’t really do adequate justice.
It’s definitely a better answer than it was in February, but the final judgement has to be a little mixed.
It is now straightforward to download a distro and get started, and the forum has proven to be a useful resource, but there is certainly an air of confusion around the delivery of the Tinker Board support package from Asus.
Interestingly on the American Tinker Board site there is no link to a forum, while the UK site has a link to uk.