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And the Raspberry Pi's GPIO connectors would take us full circle back to the "Geekport" of the original BeBoxen.

The minnowboard has GPIO connectors, and has already managed to boot Haiku in UEFI mode. A bit expensive though.

It had GPIO? I remember the videos that showed the CPU indicator LEDs on the front panel.

Yep. The geek port, as well as at least one midi port iirc. The geek port had both analogue and digital I/O.

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