Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 04:12 UTC
Linux Software for the Raspberry Pi is quickly moving forward. Beyond the several core Linux distros, another couple dozen systems are available, with NetBSD, FreeBSD, and Chromium imminently stepping into the mix. (Ubuntu will not join them as it requires ARMv7 and the Pi is ARMv6). Two dozen programming languages are available, including Python, Perl, Java, Ruby 1.9.2, BASIC, and more. Since the Pi is a full fledged ARM computer, it should run nearly any ARM app within its system requirements. See the RPi Wiki or Foundation website for more info.
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Just in time for a successor?
by Morgan on Sat 24th Nov 2012 06:20 UTC
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I've read recently on the RPi website that the creators give the project a three year shelf life before it ends as we know it. Whether that means a new, more advanced device at the same price point or the actual end of the experiment altogether is what I wonder about.

I haven't picked up one of the Rev. 2 boards yet, as so far I haven't had any issues with my "original" board, but I do plan to get one soon just for the doubled RAM. That aspect alone has made a difference in a lot of projects documented on the forum. I'm hoping for continued improvements to the USB circuitry in a third revision if one should come to pass.

One thing is for sure: The release of the Pi has spurred competition in its price range. There are no less than four excellent ARM boards for under $60 out there now, with varying degrees of F/OSS support via open drivers. If Broadcom will ever open up the drivers for the BCM2385* we could have perhaps the most versatile SoC board in existence. I'm not holding my breath, but I'm not giving up on the platform either.

*Unlikely as long as commercial devices like the Roku 2 continue to use it in a proprietary fashion.

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