I received my 2 Pocket Beagles from DigiKey a few days ago. I got the sd card built using the Etcher utility and the latest Debian image. It took about 30 or 45 minutes to get it booted up. https://beagleboard.org/latest-images
I am using NodeRed with the addition Modbus nodes to communicate with a device over a serial port. So far it works perfectly. I found out by accident that UART 0 dumps data out at bootup. This initially messed with my Modbus connection. Once I moved to a different UART it worked. (In regards to NodeRed the BBB specific nodes are not showing up even though it shows them installed. Most likely due to ‘/sys/devices/platform/bone_capemgr/slots’ missing. That is a question for a different forum altogether.) For more info on NodeRed: http://nodered.org
The device really needs a network connection. Trying to get the Internet connection working thru the USB port took some work. I found help here: http://ofitselfso.com/BeagleNotes/HowToConnectBeagleboneBlackToTheInternetViaUSB.php
Can the built-in Cloud9 IDE compile C?
Does anyone have suggestions for wired (preferred) or wireless ethernet?
EDIT: I see there is new info on the FAQ page regarding Ethernet connection using mikroBus Click.
It will be interesting to see what additional accessories or “capes” people come up with.