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Thanks for your interest in the Intel® Edison™ Platform.
Unfortunately, the SoftwareSerial.h is not supported on the Intel® Edison™. Nevertheless, you can still establish a serial communication, here is a sample code that might work for you: Re: how to read uart'data from edison board .
Also, you could use the mraa library in order to use the Edison UART mraa/Uart-example.cpp at master · intel-iot-devkit/mraa · GitHub .
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Hope this helps, have a nice day!