Thursday, 11 August 2011

I.T.: Raspberry Pi

After reading a (paper!) magazine a few weeks ago, I was excited to come across Raspberry Pi (, a single-board computer designed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. 

The Raspberry Pi provides an ARM processor which is suitable for running Linux for an estimated price of £15 (approx. $25) for a pre-configured system, cheap enough to give to a child to do whatever he or she wants with it.

Having read a number of articles in the past regarding OLPC (One Laptop Per Child), where companies start off saying they're going to produce a low cost laptop, cheap enough for every child to have one.  Great Idea.  Only to hear a couple of months down the line that the original £50 per unit is now £150 per unit, or that the idea has been scrapped.  I thought that this might be another one of those.  Luckily I was wrong.  This actually looks like it going to be the real deal.

Having looked at their website again, they're running a design competition to produce the logo that will be used as their trademark.

They're also producing two models of the Pi, Model A (no LAN9512, 128MB)for around $25 and for another $5-$10, the Model B (incl. LAN9512, 256MB).  They're planning on shipping at the end of this year, 2011.  So for less than £25, you can pick up the Model B.

I have to say I am very excited about this, it takes me back to "Old School" computing, sat in front of a portable TV, banging away at a rubber keyboard, programming.  The nerd in me is exposed, and I'm drafting my letter to Santa right now.

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