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I think their aim is to get them into use in education, hopefully sparking a generation of programmers and people interested in technology. It's a really good idea, as with companies such as Apple striving to make technology easy to use and accessible, I think it's important that people understand the technology that goes on in the background.
Not sure what I'll do with one yet, probably media server will be the first use, as well as trying to get the development IDE's I use up and running.
I think it is a great idea, although I wont buy one as I am a little passed it to be honest.
If you are older, you would probably just download the Android or iOS SDK and have a play with that instead? As mentioned above, this is aimed at the education market to get back to basics of computing.
I had parents evening at my daughters school the other day and 'ICT' just consists of using in my opinion out-of-date software. No understandig of networking, how computers actually work etc... I moaned for quite a bit and even offered to come in and teach those bits if they can't do it themselves ...
I've put myself on the mailing list, but am not hopeful of getting an early one.
Also very excited about it too. Its surely going to make someone a hell of a lot of money. As you can see on the FAQ's, people are already enquiring about buying shares in the firm. They state it can't happen as its a charity.
I'm imagining thse will be eventualy put in a keyboard, so almost a full pc in a keyboard, just plug an play.
First batch has been released today at 6:00AM. They decided to use RS and Farnell as distributors. Both sites are still down due to load and it's reported that Farnell has sold out. Looks like I'll have to wait another month or so to get one.
Most likely all of them are not from the first run, and they are simply making money for being a middle man.
I can't believe people are buying these, for more money, from an un-trustworthy source, when they can buy direct in the same amount of time.
I love the ethos but not sure what I would actually do with it, I have an old laptop I rooted out of the scrap pile at work, fixed up, upgraded and now running Ubuntu, not because I cant afford a new laptop, just because I am tight and like making old stuff work, to give my kids the idea that if I can get by with a £50 laptop then they dont need the latest and greatest.
I will buy one of these just to have a play about with it, its kind of a link back to those early days, remember being stuck in bed with Chicken Pox aged 12/13 and someone brought me a stack of cimputer magazines from about 1980 to the present time (83 ish) which got me hooked.
I dont know how this is going to pan out but I do think it is the start of something big, wonder if I can get Oracle to run on it ?
It seems trivial in terms of specs but when you weigh it up, banks ran systems on machines much less powerful than this.
The idea is interesting mainly for hobbyists as a better Arduino? However, if you get a cheap Android mobile you can surely do all the same with the right software if some of the pins were exposed in an IO port? Plus you have Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth, phone, screen with touch keyboard, no need for a mouse.
Has anyone got one yet? Mine finally arrived yesterday, but all I've done is booted it up to make sure it works. Hoping to get some spare time to mess with it a bit this weekend. I also tried it plugged into the USB port on my TV and it powered up fine, I wouldn't recommend doing that though. The Pi can draw between 700-1200mA so should not be powered over USB.