Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th May 2012 14:05 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "As the Raspberry Pi started to ship the Sinclair ZX Spectrum turned 30 years old, and comparisons were being made between the two and their role in providing access to affordable computer hardware. Given the phenomenal advances in computing since the birth of the ZX Spectrum, I thought it might be fun to compare the Raspberry Pi with a computer that was closer to the state of the art at around that time, and to see if the Raspberry Pi could fill its shoes..."
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RE[4]: Yeah,
by Morgan on Tue 15th May 2012 17:28 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Yeah,"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm jealous! I could probably take some time off my part time job but I don't get sick or vacation time there. And my weekends off are spent with the girlfriend...but she's very accepting of my tech addiction and she's as excited as I am about the RPi.

I'm looking forward to your write-up on it!

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RE[5]: Yeah,
by bnolsen on Wed 16th May 2012 00:27 in reply to "RE[4]: Yeah,"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

i got kind of pissed and ordered a mele a1000 (cortex a8 allwinner a10). And I actually received it as well. Unfortunately I've only gotten far enough to build an archlinux distro with an already existing kernel. Hopefully lima releases real drivers soon enough, and it appears there's libraries available for the DSP although licensing is a question yet. It definitely has more cpu power than the rpi.

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RE[6]: Yeah,
by Morgan on Wed 16th May 2012 01:46 in reply to "RE[5]: Yeah,"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Well for me it's not about the CPU cycles, it's about giving money to a foundation that will put it towards education, and getting a nifty little device in the deal. It's also about getting a device that I can actually learn with. No offense to your purchase, it seems like a nice set top box, but I have at least a dozen ideas to use the RPi with, most of which will teach me things I don't know. If the RPi came in a flashy case with a remote and a media OS preinstalled I doubt I would bother hacking around with it.

As for the CPU's speed, I have an old WinTerm thin client with a 500MHz x86 processor that is more than enough for the projects I've used it for (print server, file server, MP3 jukebox, GPS controller, etc etc).

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