There are many different board options for an IoT project. Perhaps for most users, Beaglebone < https://beagleboard.org/ > would not be the first choice. The wider support options and easier path to set up out of the box make Raspberry Pi a more popular option. The Beaglebone Project is a relatively old board project with the Beaglebone having been first released in 2013. There are projects out there that may do a better job at addressing the latest needs. Raspberry Pi is also more popular as the barrier to entry is much lower in terms of the skill set required to set up and configure the board. Beaglebone is more complicated and the entry level is higher in terms of what it takes to set the board up.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://mender.io/blog/setting-up-beaglebone-for-an-embedded-linux-project