My personal choice is to purchase from the .cc (or adafruit) for new boards. YMMV. Craigslist locally of course has generic and .org boards now and then.

If I get a .org board on craigslist, will I need to use their fork of the IDE for the board to be recognized by the IDE?

My feeling is "yes" but I wanted to confirm.

A board there just now is Arduino mega 2560 from the .org. Would I have to use their flavor of the IDE?

Thank you for your thoughts- photo of the board I am considering is attached.

CL mega2560

  • Have you compared the schematics yet? Sep 18, 2016 at 2:49
  • Yes, That doesn't look different that I can see. I was thinking more about the IDE6 not recognizing the vendor or board ID due to all the things going on between .cc and .org. Sep 18, 2016 at 11:39
  • Then you can use any IDE you like as long as you use the appropriate firmware. Sep 18, 2016 at 11:40
  • Perfect timing on your reply, thank you for your help. Sep 18, 2016 at 19:35

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Arduino.org and arduino.cc have come to a agreement. As such all incompatibilities that exist (I don't think they exist for this mega board) will be solved with next version of the Arduino IDE as if it is a board of their own.

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