Linked by David Adams on Tue 31st Jan 2012 23:46 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Hardware, Embedded Systems When the Raspberry Pi ships later this year, it will be delivered to your door as a finished unit. The more adventurous tinkerers among you, as well as adept system builders, have asked the Raspberry Pi Foundation why they can’t get them in kit form instead. The reason why that wasn’t considered is demonstrated in an image released by Broadcom . . . they are tiny. And unlike a typical system build using an x86 chip that just slots into place, installing these chips requires a very steady hand and just the right amount of solder.
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Flatland_Spider
Member since:
2006-09-01

It's aimed at being a cheap computer for kids to play with, and hopefully get them interested in programming. There is just a pent up demand for an easy to use ARM board in the developer community.

The community should take care of porting other operating systems to the Pi, but the focus of the foundation is on a easy to use package. Arch Linux plus the Pi board provides an ready environment to begin experimenting.

Yeah, it really is Broadcom's fault the drivers are blobs. The head guy behind the Pi works for Broadcom and was one of designers of the chip, so FOSS drivers could be written from what is in his head if Broadcom would sign off on it.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I think it will eventually happen, especially if the R-Pi folks put out a second revision with better specs next year (though what you get for the money with this one is quite powerful, just short on RAM for my taste).

Then again, it took Broadcom forever and a day to start releasing source for their old, outdated wifi chipsets, so who knows how long this might actually take?

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

I think a fully open Pi will happen too. It's just going to take some time, and the foundation being successful. It would be great PR for Broadcom to support these guys.

The FOSS Pi could be a tier 2 device for more advanced programming.

For a personal machine, I'd like a little more processor and some more RAM as well, but I like how limited it is for a beginner machine. It's easier to reach the limits of the hardware.

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