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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Why Linux?
by kryogenix on Fri 2nd Sep 2011 02:30 UTC
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I'm all for a cheap ARM-based computer. This computer would be more than adequate to run software needed by the majority of folks out there. In fact, it's near as quick as some machines I use daily BUT....

Touting it as a modern "home computer" is a stretch. I learned so much about computing from the Atari 8-bit and Atari ST simply because the OS's were so basic and you were really close to the metal. Linux takes all that away. Especially for a 10-yr-old wanting to learn how "programs work".

My kid shouldn't have to learn how Widget Libraries, X-Windows, the kernel and interprocess communication work together before he can truly understand the machine.

A simple tiny OS in the background w/ a structured version of BASIC with a rich set of 2D/3D graphics statements would be perfect. Something similar to a 3D version of Atari's old Player/Missle graphics would work. Also encourage assembler programming on the hardware.

Requiring binary blobs to talk to the GPU is kind of lame but I don't know of any truly open GPUs still being manufactured because everybody took this crap from vendors cuz they wanted to play that shiny new game and Call of Duty framerates meant more to them than "open" or "great efficient design".

I'll probably buy a couple though.

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