Its firmware is freely available and can be run on a standalone Teensy 4.1 (which negates a lot of the advantages of having standalone hardware, but makes for a very nice teaser to assess if it is the right tool for you), and that has inspired a number of breakaway projects:
- Little Sound DJ, the main source of inspiration for it
- LittleGPTracker, LSDJ’s cousin (source)
- M8 Web Display (source)
- m8c, a cross-platform SDL UI, which has a fork that allows for remote control over the network.
- m8c-android, an Android front-end with gamepad support.
- m8c-piboy, an adaptation for the PiBoy
- g0m8, a Go-based UI
- dirtywave-m8-keyboard, a 3D printed keyboard for the M8 headless.
- M8HeadlessStaging, a way to use a Raspberry Pi as a front-end for the headless version.
- rg351_m8c, a port of
m8cto Anbernic 351 devices (apparently only working in ArkOS)
- m8c-rpi4, which includes a forked, optimized display renderer.