# Getting Started
# What is Pinguino?
There are so many great platforms for creating digitally enabled devices that its gotten hard to figure out which one to use. Arduino is maybe one of the most famous, but it is based on ATMEL Microcontrollers and the boards are difficult to build or expensive in Latin America or others countries.
The goal of Pinguino Project is to bring the simplicity of Arduino language to the PIC ©Microchip Microcontrollers but with buil-in USB hardware and a board that you can build in your house.
- Pinguino is an Open Source Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
- Pinguino is an Open Hardware board, compatible both with 8-bit (PIC18F with built-in USB module only) and 32-bit (PIC32MX) ©Microchip Microcontrollers.
- Pinguino uses free and open source compilers (SDCC and gcc-mips-elf, a targeted version of gcc for PIC32 microcontrollers) available for GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
- Pinguino is a firmware/bootloader that control the Pinguino Board.
- Pinguino is almost 100% compatible with Arduino Language and Libraries.
# Pinguino IDE
Pinguino IDE is cross-platform, it run on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. With this IDE, you can write, compile and upload code to your board.
# Pinguino boards
Pinguino comes with a USB Bootloader too. This small program running inside the microcontroller is responsible for transferring your application from your PC to the microcontroller memory and handing over the control to this program afterwards.
# Getting help
Currently we do not have a forum or a community page, where users can post their queries.
But if something doesn't work as it should, you can always create a ticket in the issues section of the project's Github page:
- Pinguino IDE issues (opens new window)
- Pinguino Installer issues (opens new window)
- Pinguino website issues (opens new window)
# Join us
We will always be happy to receive help. There are many areas in this project that you can be part of, you don't have to be a programmer or an electronics expert.
Check out the join-us page for more information.