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The Dream of Computing for Everyone
on Mon 27th Aug 2012 13:53 UTC
The dream of inexpensive computing for everyone has been with us since the first computers. Along the way it has taken some unexpected turns. This article summarizes key trends and a few of the surprises.
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RE: Comment by MrWeeble
on Tue 28th Aug 2012 16:40 UTC in reply to "
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Given that Raspberry targets consumers, I'd recommend consumer packaging. Add a case. Offer a bundle that includes the required cables, charger, mouse, keyboard, etc. Consumers want plug and go, not a naked circuit board.
Actually the foundation doesn't target consumers, the initial version that is on sale is a developer board; they wanted to release it so that people could write software for it. The fact it is so hugely successful amongst non-developers was pretty surprising to them. "
There's very little difference between what you call the developer board (which is really called the model B board), and the coming "educational" model A board. What you get today is nearly the same as what you will get in the coming months with the official release -- assuming of course it comes out any time soon.
The actual target market is schools, and the release to them will include a bare-bones case.
What I find funny is how much they've gone out of their way to demonstrate the Raspberry Pi's ability to perform as a media playback device, and play 3D games.
Btw, they're now offering the hardware mpeg2 codec for purchase, priced at just a few bucks. Great news for people wanting to playback those avi's they downloaded.
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