December 2014


The new ODROID-C1 has created a huge buzz on the Internet, and for good reason! At $35, it’s the same price as a Raspberry Pi, but offers much more in terms of built-in Gigabit ethernet, faster processor speed, and overall better performance. The Hardkernel team has been flooded with orders for the new board, and there have been several high-profile articles and reviews already posted about the advantages of the C1:


If you already have a Raspberry Pi, any of your existing gadgets are directly hardware compatible with the 40-pin I/O interface of the C1. Check out our sideby-side comparison of the ODROID-C1 with the Raspberry Pi B+, as well as a set of computing benchmarks to highlight just how powerful this new board is. If you have any questions about the ODROID-C1, please post them on the ODROID forums at The C1 may be ordered from the Hardkernel website at

Hardkernel’s more powerful boards, such as the XU3 and XU3 Lite, as well as the versatile U3, have also risen to become the SBC of choice for many mini-computer enthusiasts. A recent survey at LinuxGizmos, in cooperation with the Linux foundation, found that the ODROID-U3 ranked third as a favorite for hardware and software hackers. Its distinct advantage over the first two entries is that it can run Android as well as Linux, which makes it ideal for kiosk projects, Android gaming, as well as app development. The survey results and board comparisons may be viewed at and

The ODROID-C1 is not the only new hardware available from Hardkernel this month. They’ve also created a successor to the popular ODROID-SHOW called the ODROID-SHOW2, which includes improvements on the original such as a LiPo battery circuit and several new LEDs and switches. The price is still $25, and may be purchased at

Some of our forum members have created amazing liquid cooling systems for their ODROID computers, and the XU-E and cluster systems featured this month are especially impressive. Venkat shows us how to use an RTL-SDR dongle to listen in on FM radio and airplane transmissions, Nanik demonstrates adding boot animations to Android systems, and Tobias continues his popular Linux Gaming series with several DOS remakes that improve upon the original versions. Finally, the coin-operated arcade machine, Amiga 500/2000, and Sinclair ZX Spectrum are given new life by ODROID enthusiasts for replaying their favorite nostalgic games. Bring your quarters!

Table of Contents

6 Liquid Cooling: XU3 Cluster and XU+E

9 OS Spotlight: Max2Play – Easily Control Your ODROID Via Web Interface

11 FS-UAE Amiga Emulator: Has Anybody Talked About the Coolest Computer Before ODROIDs? We Sure Like To!

12 ODROID-C1: A Powerful Raspberry Pi Replacement

15 ODROID-C1 vs. Raspberry Pi B+: Our Second Affordable Computer Showdown

17 Behind The Scenes: The Amazing Staff of Your Favorite Tech Magazine

18 GameCade: A Miniature Arcade Console with Authentic Controllers

19 Linux Gaming: Improved DOS Remakes of Classic Games

22 Fun With RTL-SDR: FM Radio and Real-Time Flight Tracking

26 ZX Spectrum: A Retro Handheld Gaming Device

29 Android Development: Adding Boot Animation to the Initialization Process

33 The Android Story: Infographic

34 Meet An ODROIDian: Suriyan Ramasami – ODROID Enthusiast and Talented Computer Hobbyist