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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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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