Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Apr 2012 11:33 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The BBC reviews the Raspberry Pi. "The device may inspire a new generation of computer programmers or it could leave children used to smartphones and tablet computers baffled and bewildered. A great experiment with the way we teach computing has begun and we can't be sure how it will end." Mine's coming the week of May 21.
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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Fri 27th Apr 2012 14:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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Uh? Once you have put the SD card in it, it is an "instant on" device.

I don't know if it is. I have a cheap netbook somewhere and it takes a while to boot Linux from its SD card. To be honest I have no idea how the Pi does this, if it boots in a traditional manner or does something else.

My Commodore 64 "boots" in 2 seconds. As I kid when I wanted to code I'd turn it on and type away. Even a boot time of merely 30-60 seconds could have been enough for me to get over my coding urge and do something else.

Wider range than what is available on Linux???

As for an easy to use language environement, Scratch is used to teach programming to kids, so..

Linux has a very wide range, but only 2 are included. It can be a hassle to install others and this might put people off. Also when everybody starts installing themselves they may end up with different version than their friends causing compatibles issues, like Python 2 vs Python 3.

If its aim is to teach coding it should be ready to do that, not require the user to perform non-coding stuff to get to what he wants to do and why he bought the Pi.

Of course Scratch and Python are 2 choices that should cover a large mass of wannabe coders.

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