Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Aug 2011 21:19 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems We all know platforms like the Beagleboard, which are cheap hardware platforms which can be used in all sorts of projects. A new entry into this market is Raspberry Pi, a British ARM board which is slated to be released in the fourth quarter of this year. For a mere $25, you'll have a fully-configured ARM-based 1080p-capable mini-motherboard. The device is still in development, and only a few days ago, the alpha version of the board was demonstrated running Quake III.
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How much for a usable computer though?
by joshv on Mon 29th Aug 2011 08:31 UTC
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As a stunt, making a "$25 computer" is cool and all, but it will take a lot more to make a functional computer and those extra parts cost the same as they do for a traditional computer.

Yes, it's a cheap motherboard, so you save a bit building a fully functional computer, but you don't save all that much. You can get a functional AMD motherboard + GPU + CPU for $70, and that motherboard will include things like SATA ports, and more than one USB port - not to mention about 4x the CPU power.

The ability to power the motherboard from non-traditional power sources is neat and all, but show me a monitor that runs on 4 AAs.

Edited 2011-08-29 08:36 UTC

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