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Old 02-29-2012, 12:35 PM   #1
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The Raspberry Pi computer goes on general sale


I thought this was brilliant :-) You get the whole computer for about a quarter of what M$ want for their operating system alone.

Let's hope it encourages schools to start teaching coding and proper IT/Computer skills.

£22 for a single board Linux computer to play with. Bargain!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17190918
 
Old 02-29-2012, 12:46 PM   #2
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LOL, waiting for this for more than 4 months and it is sold out before the first units are available. I hope the will produce the next ones fast.
 
Old 02-29-2012, 01:59 PM   #3
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:52 PM   #4
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This is absolutely fantastic. I love the name. The news article mentions other manufacturers have made similar devices already. I think the name Rasberry Pi will be good for this product. I like the thousands strong support community behind the idea of the Rasberry Pi as an educational incentive for youth is beautiful. It's what the world needs a lot more of to combat ignorance and promote peaceful civilizations.
 
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I registered for one but just got an email saying they have massive demand for them and it'll be first come first served when they do get them in! Great idea though, I fancy one just for the hell of seeing what I can do with it!
Hoping eventually there'll be an XBMC port for it.
 
Old 03-02-2012, 11:00 AM   #6
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Hoping eventually there'll be an XBMC port for it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKhnoQMwjmQ
 
Old 03-02-2012, 12:43 PM   #7
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Not altogether a new idea ...

http://oldcomputers.net/applei.html

http://oldcomputers.net/kim1.html

http://oldcomputers.net/zx80.html

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Yes, I do.

No, they are not for sale.

Well, maybe for $212,267.00 ...

Offhand, this appears to be an off-the-shelf controller board and a lot of clever marketing, meant to tap into some government funding (that it probably does not deserve). The per-unit cost of that board is probably a tiny fraction of that price. But, make hay while the sun shines. There's a new one born every minute. If no one in the current generation has seen a computer that didn't come in a slick plastic case, this might appear to be cutting edge.

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Old 03-03-2012, 04:17 AM   #8
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Looks promising. Just need to find a remote that will work without too much messing about and I will be sticking my appletv on ebay and using this instead. Stick it in a project box and it should look just fine.

Yes, it's not a new concept, but for the money you can't go wrong.
 
Old 03-03-2012, 04:28 AM   #9
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Offhand, this appears to be an off-the-shelf controller board and a lot of clever marketing, meant to tap into some government funding (that it probably does not deserve). The per-unit cost of that board is probably a tiny fraction of that price. But, make hay while the sun shines. There's a new one born every minute. If no one in the current generation has seen a computer that didn't come in a slick plastic case, this might appear to be cutting edge.
Normally I'd be cynical with you, but I've got to disagree with the 'clever' marketing. It's hardly been marketed at all, just mentioned in schools. The UK broadcaster - The BBC - did a news piece on it which brought it to my attention.

Sure it's nothing special, but anything that encourages kids to get involved with Linux and programming is very welcome with me. It's ironic that it is aimed at improving IT skills for UK kids, yet worldwide demand for it is high.

As for tapping 'undeserved government money', I'm not sure. To get government money here you typically have to be completely undeserving! The more undeserving, the bigger the pay out. MP's expenses anyone?!

I wish them well with it.
 
Old 03-03-2012, 04:48 AM   #10
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I've been following news about the Pi since it's early days and I absolutely love the concept. Whan of the guys behind it is David Braben (Elite, Frontier) who has said that he backs it because the youth of today simply don't acquire the skills that early computer users picked up, and as such games like his hits would never be produced again. It can't be a bad thing to produce something that won't break the bank in schools that will still allow them to teach these skills.

I can see the Pi having a huge cult following, too, amongst those with an interest in tech. Whilst it's far more powerful now than it was intended to be, for many it will remain a cute curiosity that you just can't help loving.
 
Old 03-03-2012, 06:37 AM   #11
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I agree that kids today don't pick up core computer skills. Sure, they can put something together in Powerpoint, Frontpage or Word, but their dependency on applications - rather than writing them - is pretty ubiquitous.

Sure, I'm old. But when I was at school we were taught to type properly if we wanted (on electric typewriters, it was luxury at my school), had BBC Micro's to play with and at home would input lines of basic and machine code into 8 bit machines like the ZX81 and Vic 20. It stood me in good stead and earned me a living.

Despite having machines of awesome power, power that as I kid I would never have been able to comprehend, we don't seem to have the same level of 'interest' at a core level in kids today - not in the UK at least. Perhaps society has changed to one where expectation has taken over form experimentation. It would be nice to see kids walk out of school with skills that will find them work - or even motivate them to find work or go further in 'computing'.

Personally I think we fail badly in the UK with IT skills. Our colleges just don't seem to offer the skills and qualification needed to work in IT. Employers want MSE's (God knows why),CCNA's, CompTia etc etc. Some insist on it, but interestingly enough never seem to want to pay out to train staff themselves in the skills they demand on entry. We need to address this and get our skills base back up, and if we can do so with just a spark in the eyes of kids in school, playing with a £22 Linux computer then that - to me - is great place to start!

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Old 03-03-2012, 10:30 AM   #12
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I think these will probably end up very few and far between in schools and become a geeky thing that linux guys play with!
Schools and businesses are surrounded by so much red tape as to what they can and cannot buy - plus I'd like to take a guess that the majority of teachers don't use Linux either.
 
Old 03-04-2012, 11:04 AM   #13
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Offhand, this appears to be an off-the-shelf controller board and a lot of clever marketing, meant to tap into some government funding (that it probably does not deserve). The per-unit cost of that board is probably a tiny fraction of that price. But, make hay while the sun shines. There's a new one born every minute. If no one in the current generation has seen a computer that didn't come in a slick plastic case, this might appear to be cutting edge.
I encourage you to read up on Raspberry Pi and learn why everything you've said there is wrong.
 
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I will buy one and take it home and tie it up and install Gentoo on it.
 
  


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