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Looks like Microsoft is getting started on IoT - so for the .NET programmers - this might be an interesting thing.  I signed up - apparently they're sending out free dev boards - https://www.windowson

I've been reading up all I can on the galileo and its workings, of course just about everything out there so far assumes the default setup with the galileo having the yocto linux distro preinstalled a

There is more information here: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/buildingapps/archive/2014/07/11/rolling-out-the-windows-developer-program-for-iot.aspx

I signed up and it does look like they're sending out boards. I'm a C# developer by trade so I actually got started on the Netduino before shifting over to MSP430, etc. I had heard they're were planning a new push on the .NET microframework.

 

I'm planning to do a session on microcontrollers for my fellow C# coders soon. (They've seen my F5529 based Darth Vader build monitor at work.) If they can get some freebies to get them started in a familiar environment it might be useful.

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(Tried to quote @@jpnorair. Anyone else have problems with quote?)

 

The .NET framework for Linux is Mono. I remember it as being someone's hobby project, but a colleague tells me that Microsoft are now actively supporting this. The .NET microframework is significantly cutdown compared to the full .NET framework (but still has a lot). Strangely the microframework is interpreted compared to the full framework which is JIT compiled. You'd really think that this would be the case where full native compilation would make sense.

 

I also found it odd that when asked what dev boards you had experience of that no .NET framework stuff like Netduino was mentioned. I know it's not that popular, but you think that's one time it would be on the list.

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I was honest, no .NET, no C# experience but I'm in.

 

 

Mono ?

Yes:

 

(Tried to quote @@jpnorair. Anyone else have problems with quote?)

 

The .NET framework for Linux is Mono. I remember it as being someone's hobby project, but a colleague tells me that Microsoft are now actively supporting this. The .NET microframework is significantly cutdown compared to the full .NET framework (but still has a lot). Strangely the microframework is interpreted compared to the full framework which is JIT compiled. You'd really think that this would be the case where full native compilation would make sense.

 

I also found it odd that when asked what dev boards you had experience of that no .NET framework stuff like Netduino was mentioned. I know it's not that popular, but you think that's one time it would be on the list.

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I been doing some digging but not getting too much info. Apparently the hardware is a standard Galileo - so I'd have thought you could put it back to Linux/Arduino settings if you wanted. I wasn't sure whether to expect this to have .NET microframework on it or Windows Embedded, but have now seen some strong hints that it'll be .NET microframework.

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I'd expect it to run some sort of Windows OS out of the box obviously - but it can run Linux and apparently Mac OS.  Worst case - you could always fall back to Linux :)  Not sure how it sizes up next to a BBB or RPi on that front though.  

@@RobG - I'd bet you're right on the usage of the boards if they're shipping them out without any human verification.  

Looks like it can be expanded to support WiFi - although only via PCI Express cards.  I'm wondering if any of the cards I've got sitting around in old laptops might work...

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