Linked by David Adams on Thu 1st Mar 2012 22:33 UTC, submitted by Robin Miller
Hardware, Embedded Systems Raspberry Pi project leader Eben Upton talks about the state of Raspberry Pi, and tells us that yes -- finally -- they now have distributors in the U.S. and other countries instead trying to ship every unit from the U.K. Even better, instead of buying a batch of boards, selling them, and only then ordering another batch, the new distribution agreements mean they can keep a steady flow of orders coming in and going out.
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RE[2]: Excellent news!
by Morgan on Thu 1st Mar 2012 22:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Excellent news!"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

Mine is April 23rd, and yes very much worth the wait! I have several projects in mind, as well as possibly gifting one to my 11 year old niece who has shown an interest in computers and game development.

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RE[3]: Excellent news!
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 1st Mar 2012 23:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Excellent news!"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

First and foremost, RISC OS - without a single shred of doubt. I have been wanting to use this OS for more than a decade.

Second, XBMC. A lot will depend on how well it handles HD video of different types.

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RE[4]: Excellent news!
by Morgan on Thu 1st Mar 2012 23:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Excellent news!"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I'd love to give RISC a run as well. ;)

I'm looking at using my first board as a test bed for projects like an XBMC media center, Android-based car computer, MAME/Console emulator (think one of those mini tabletop arcade machines with a 7" screen and real controls), home security/automation control center, maybe even wearable computing.

For each successful project I'll order another board to complete the package, and continue testing with the original.

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RE[4]: Excellent news!
by zima on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 07:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Excellent news!"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

First and foremost, RISC OS - without a single shred of doubt. I have been wanting to use this OS for more than a decade.

So... something against emulation, I suppose?

Otherwise, I'm not sure what's stopping you - after a quick search, I got to http://www.marutan.net/rpcemu/ and http://www.marutan.net/rpcemu/ro5.html ROM image (with perhaps-latest version here http://www.riscosopen.org/content/downloads/other-zipfiles ...or maybe this http://www.riscosopen.org/forum/forums/5/topics/828 one? Ah yes, also a forum: http://www.riscosopen.org/forum/forums/10 )

And so, as I'm posting this, an emulated RISC OS machine runs happily in a window right by (I love the cursor function where it shows if "wait for 2nd click in double-click" is still active)

Edited 2012-03-02 07:05 UTC

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RE[4]: Excellent news!
by henderson101 on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 09:25 in reply to "RE[3]: Excellent news!"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

RISCOS, what you will find -

1) requires a 3 button mouse, absolutely will not function correctly without one! (I had an A7000 with a PS/2 port, and damn, when I misplaced the mouse it came with, I was screwed!)

2) co-operative multitasking kind of sucks.

3) lack of memory protection is a big issue.

4) some very strange design decisions that no one else picked up, and for a good reason!

5) hardly any of the legacy software will run. I found that even on my A7000, which had a really low end ARM processor when compared to RISC PC's. Though, I did get a copy of Elite to run, which was really cool!

For a lot of Brits of my age, RISCOS is full of nostalgia. Like Commodore 64 or Apple 2 for Americans. The built in basic is good. The built in basic has an inline assembler, which is amazing. But, the OS itself (and pare in mind 3.7 was the last version I used) is kind of ugly and sort of unfinished looking. It's no BeOS for looks.

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RE[4]: Excellent news!
by phoenix on Sat 3rd Mar 2012 03:20 in reply to "RE[3]: Excellent news!"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

From what I've read online so far is that the GPU supports hardware decode for a plethora of media formats ... but RPi only licensed the H.264 codec to keep the total cost down.

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