I'm not 100% familiar with the PIC32 line (just the PIC 12/16/18 so far) but it seems that this product is, essentially, very similar to the various PIC32 starter kits (PIC32 starter kit, PIC32 USB starter kit, PIC32 ethernet starter kit) with a new layout and a couple headers placed in the Arduino locations (it uses the exact same processor). I'm curious to know what, if any, differences there are between the two since this board goes for ~$50, the PIC32 SB (DM320001) goes for ~$50, USB II starter kit (DM320003-2) ~$55, and ethernet start kit (DM320004) ~$72.
Is this the PIC32 ethernet starter kit for $50 instead of $72?
Any chance any of the PIC32 starter kit daughter boards might be compatible with this device? In other words, does it have (or will it have, or could it have) any connectors for the PICtail devices or the I/O expansion board? If so could it be used with the graphics options?
The PICkit2 was open, and spawned lots of interest. But subsequent programmers are closed. I wonder what happened that Microchip tried being open but decided to close down rather than open up? Thanks, though, for using GCC and making the modifications available.
Since the devel tools are GCC, I wonder if anyone has tried to port Linux to the starter boards, or perhaps to this new board? A quick search finds people using Linux for development, but not necessarily porting Linux to a PIC32.