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C.H.I.P. Does Computer Things!!! (aka Debian on C.H.I.P.)

Posted by Next Thing Co. (Creator)

With December deadlines in sight, it's about time C.H.I.P. does computer things!

Debian means we are go for GUI (graphical user interface).  GUI means we are go for computer things!  (and super slick projects like Ruxpin too)

Wynter shows off C.H.I.P. GUI which is an excess of acronyms.
Wynter shows off C.H.I.P. GUI which is an excess of acronyms.

Our Software Doges, Alex, Wynter and Andrew, have been hacking away to flash Debian to our tiny little 9 dollar computers. And now it's here, in all its flashable glory! 

Calling all Kernel Hackers and CHIP-SDKers! Start your adventures with Debian on C.H.I.P. at or GitHub

Love release notes? Check out the Debian release notes here!

Alex and Wynter both love flashing and talking about flashing
Alex and Wynter both love flashing and talking about flashing


What’s in a name? A C.H.I.P. OS by any other name would boot just as sweet...right?  We say why the heck shouldn't we give it a sweet name?!

We're calling on you C.H.I.P.sters!  What should we call your Debian on C.H.I.P.?  Tweet us your suggestions at @nextthingco using #CHIPDebian! (there may be a super secret prize for the winner...)

The software team, an important part of the jury, waiting to be impressed.
The software team, an important part of the jury, waiting to be impressed.


They Live!  The forums are frothing with knowledge, know-how and nonsense (of the kind most fun!).  Shout out to our SuperHackers renzo, mrIowaIowa, soderstrom & nbastin, who collectively and successfully hacked Debian onto C.H.I.P. before our flashing tools were available!  Join them and the growing conversation at!  

For documentation, including new Debian tutorials, visit

Stalk us on Twitter!  We love sharing C.H.I.P. progress and showering tweeters with GIFs.  We're @nextthingco and we love hearing about your C.H.I.P. plans (and your suggested C.H.I.P. OS names!)

A sample NTC tweet, full of encouragement.
A sample NTC tweet, full of encouragement.


Currently, we’ve only shipped Alpha C.H.I.P.s to those who backed at the kernel hacker reward level (we call them KHBs - Kernel Hacker Backers). Stand alone C.H.I.P. pledges begin shipping in December (soon. very soon) and continue through March with PocketC.H.I.P.s and display adapters shipping by May of 2016.  We are still on track to meet our estimated shipping timelines! 

If you’re curious when your reward is estimated to ship, check your pledge on Kickstarter. 

Moved recently? Moving soon? Update your address anytime at Forgetful? No worries! We’ll send an address confirmation email 2-3 days before we ship your C.H.I.P.(s). 

Jonesing for another C.H.I.P.? Sign up for the preorder announcement at!

mmmtc (much much more to come)

(⌐■_■) - everyone at NTC (especially Alex)

Alex flashing C.H.I.P.s, as he is all out of bubblegum.
Alex flashing C.H.I.P.s, as he is all out of bubblegum.
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    1. Missing avatar

      Michael Hunt on

      Different versions of the OS can be Bean DIP, Guacamole DIP, Cheese DIP, Clam DIP, Spinach DIP, etc.

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      Michael Hunt on

      For CHIP the Debian OS is simply DIP (Debian Instruction Package or similar). You put DIP on your CHIP and enjoy.

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      Graham Wilson on

      OS name Debbie. Or how about Chip-pan. Or Mushy Peas (eaten in England with chips, ie French fries). Or Chip butty (slang for sandwich and slang for friend)

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      Brian Salter on

      Do a variation from Linux Mint, and call it Chocolate. That's right, Mint Chocolate Chip.

    5. Charles Cantrill on

      So, my students said the versions of CHIP OS should be based off snack chips starting with Potato. Then go from there: BBQ, Salt and Vinegar, etc.

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      Brody on

      I like the idea of banana being the OS name, as the banana has been going along with chip since the beginning

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      Angel on

      I'm thinking the OS should be called either "OS bacon" because who hates bacon or "OS infinity" for the things that CHIP will be able to do or "OS $9" this one is obvious

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      gerald on

      +1 for chipian

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      ravoc on


      My name is Dale,
      .. CHIP 'n' Dale

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      Malcolm on

      no twitter so i can't leave a name suggestion there, but how about something like
      Fully Integrated System Handler? (F.I.S.H)

    11. bonuswavepilot

      @Michael - if Debian is running on the CHIP, there is a linux client for Dropbox, and I think OneDrive can be made to work too.

      If you're just trying to transfer stuff locally though, your best bet would be to set up SAMBA on the CHIP, which just lets you use Windows network shares (or provide them)...

    12. Jonathan Smith on

      I second the idea of naming the OS Banana, I liked the "banana for scale" in all the pics of C.H.I.P. during the campaign.

    13. Christopher G. Stanton on

      How about Debian, and get hardware support in the arm kernel?

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      Benjamin L Rushing on

      I like the idea if naming the os buffalo. Wide open spaces, freedom, and roams with you do portability. Plus buffalo chip kinda humorous

    15. Michael Schultz on

      I did have a question since we are talking OS. C.H.I.P. appealed to me because of it's size and portability. I like to write and know it has a word processor the will work with it. My question what would be the best way or just some ways to get the files from C.H.I.P. to a Windows box or even sync? Would something like Dropbox or OneDrive work on C.H.I.P.?

    16. Michael Schultz on

      NotYo C.H.I.P.
      It made me giggle

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      Design Concussion on

      I like frequent updates, but these seem aimed at the pledge levels that are going to receive their rewards earlier than I. Would it be possible to target the updates for these groups just at them and do some generic ones for the rest of us? Not complaining, just curious.

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      jon on

      Simultaneously not simulations...sorry

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      jon on

      Chocolate CHIPs are good. **Banana** CHIPs are pretty good too though. And that would simulations be analogous to Apple and be reminiscent to the media and advertising produced thus far.

    20. Lady N Duchess of Urnst

      We should name the loaded and running OS as "Chocolate" so we all have "Chocolate C.H.I.P.s"

    21. Next Thing Co. 3-time creator on

      @Clive and @Stephen! Post your suggestions here. We'll keep an eye out.

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      Leonid M on

      Can you make so CHIP can run VLC server for SmartThings home automation? This is my goal to have the CHIP be a media device.

      And you should keep the OS name same as the device. C.H.I.P OS ver 1.0

    23. Anubis on

      I think the name for Debian on Chip could be... Chipian :)

    24. amenthes on

      I find these posts hard to read because of all the gifs.

    25. Stephen Garriga on

      Clive isn't the only non tweeting backer

    26. Clive Saunders

      I don't have twitter, so I can't give you my suggestion for the O/S name on there. :(

      However, I did post before that CHIP itself should stand for Computer Has Infinite Possibilities, and any peripherals should be called DIP. Dual Input Peripheral. CHIP & DIP.

      So logically, the O/S should surely be called "Salsa". :)

    27. Derek Lynch

      Thankfully, Debian starts with the letter D, made my name suggestion reallllly easy.