Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Feb 2012 09:47 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems This morning, I experienced the nerd equivalent of a Black Friday $50 iPad sale. At 07:00 CET, the first batch of the much-anticipated Raspberry Pi went on sale, and while Raspberry Pi itself was very properly prepared, the two large international retailers actually selling the device weren't - despite warnings from Raspberry Pi about the enormous amount of traffic that would come their way, the two sites crumbled to dust within seconds. There's good news too - the cheaper model A has seen its RAM doubled at no additional cost.
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Low cost PC potential?
by pandronic on Wed 29th Feb 2012 10:43 UTC
pandronic
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2006-05-18

I wonder, once someone ports some kind of Linux to it, if it would be powerful enough to use as a low cost PC for basic browsing, watching some movies and some light office work?

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RE: Low cost PC potential?
by kragil on Wed 29th Feb 2012 10:54 in reply to "Low cost PC potential?"
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2006-01-04

Debian and Fedora are already running on it.

I really hope these below $50 computers really catch on. Today they are still a little bit underpowered, but I guess by the end of the year we will have 1GB of RAM and a 1GHz+ dual core. (this http://rhombus-tech.net/allwinner_a10/ goes in that direction)

Most Facebookers don't need a big computer. A lean mean LXDE ARM box with a mali GPU will be just fine for most people. We can turn off a few nuclear power plants and don't dump that much into landfills if this is the future of computing. (Not to mention all the bad influence MS and Apple have, they won't be as powerful anymore)

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RE[2]: Low cost PC potential?
by pandronic on Wed 29th Feb 2012 11:12 in reply to "RE: Low cost PC potential?"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Yeah, I was thinking about the RAM, it's a bit on the low side considering that it's also shared with the GPU. Also I don't think that the 700Mhz CPU is good enough to do 720p software video decoding. Does the Pi have any built-in codec support?

But anyway, this is less important. Considering the massive success this thing is about to have, there will surely be a Model C with specs along the line of what you said. I can't wait ;)

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RE[2]: Low cost PC potential?
by phoenix on Wed 29th Feb 2012 17:52 in reply to "RE: Low cost PC potential?"
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2005-07-11

Have a look at the Cotton Candy. Same basic idea as the Raspberry Pi, but it's a dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, 1 GB of RAM, and microSD support up to 64 GB for storage. Onboard HDMI (full-size), USB (full-size), and micro-USB port. It's currently over $100, but give it a bit and the price should come down.

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RE[2]: Low cost PC potential?
by alexz on Thu 1st Mar 2012 10:31 in reply to "RE: Low cost PC potential?"
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2012-02-25

Rhombus tech is a joke, I highly doubt it'll never materialize.

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RE[2]: Low cost PC potential?
by Arawn on Thu 1st Mar 2012 15:56 in reply to "RE: Low cost PC potential?"
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2005-07-13

There's the Pandaboard and the Pandaboard ES. They are (a lot) more expensive than the Raspberry Pi, but have a lot more goodies onboard: Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, I/O connectors, serial port, 1GHz (1.2GHz on ES) dual-core TI OMAP4 series, etc.

Take a look at http://www.pandaboard.org/


There's also the Beagleboard, also more expensive: http://beagleboard.org/

Edited 2012-03-01 15:59 UTC

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RE: Low cost PC potential?
by JPollard on Wed 29th Feb 2012 18:17 in reply to "Low cost PC potential?"
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2011-12-31

Linux is already there.

That is what they used for development.

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