With Cosino you can create anything from scratch without loosing time to setup and running the base system. By using Debian OS you have 30000+ applications ready to use by simply downloading them from Debian’s repositories!

This section provides you with a brief introduction to Cosino concepts and reference material to help you understand how Cosino Project’s boards work, also you can find useful papers regarding several system settings under both Debian and/or OpenWRT OSes.

Getting a running system

Once you have your new Cosino board in front of you just choose an extension and plug Cosino on top of it!

Cosino Mega 2560
Cosino Mega 2560 based boards

Cosino boards based on Mega 2560 extension can be powered up by using the serial console USB cable or by using a power supply (strongly suggested for on-board WiFi versions and if you have external peripheral connected: i.e. RFID reader) and yo need a microSD with a Debian OS pre-installed in order to boot the system. You have two options:

Managing Debian OS

Managing Debian system is quite simple, if you are an experienced Debian user you may skip this paragraph, otherwise let me suggest to take a look at this simple tutorial about how to running Debian on your Cosino, for a quick-start, or see the Debian Documentation for the full documentation.

Using an host computer (aka a normal PC)

Your Cosino board can compile your code for you but, in some circumstances, you may wish using an host computer to do this job… for example if you need recompiling the Cosino’s kernel code or other huge project using an host computer is quite mandatory!

Again, if you wish building your own Debian OS into a new microSD you need an external host too, since your Cosino needs a pre-build root filesystem to run.

All command line examples in the Cosino’s Documentation pages are based on Ubuntu 13.04 (or newer) so you should use a dedicated computer for this task or just build a Virtual machine running your Ubuntu system (for instance you can take alook at the Virtualbox or VmWare projects for further info).

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If you are looking for code we suggest to you to take a look at our GitHub page.

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The Linux Kernel 4.1 for Cosino is out

The Linux Kernel 4.1 for Cosino is out

The Linux Kernel release 4.1 for the Cosino based board is finally out! It’s still a beta release but it’s fully functional and it can be downloaded from the Linux repository on our GitHub page by using the following command on your host computer (not on Cosino!):

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Smartcard reader ISO/IEC 7816

Smartcard reader ISO/IEC 7816

This product can be bought at our shop as: Smartcard reader ISO/IEC 7816 The Smartcard reader ISO/IEC 7816 is a Cosino’s peripheral useful to read several smartcard types ISO/IEC 7816 compliant. It is based on Maxim TSC12xxF CCID-DFU chip version 2.10. This module is connected with the Cosino core module by USB bus and is powered up…

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