Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 27th Aug 2012 13:53 UTC
Editorial The dream of inexpensive computing for everyone has been with us since the first computers. Along the way it has taken some unexpected turns. This article summarizes key trends and a few of the surprises.
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RE: Comment by MrWeeble
by ilovebeer on Tue 28th Aug 2012 16:40 UTC in reply to "Comment by MrWeeble"
ilovebeer
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2011-08-08

"Given that Raspberry targets consumers, I'd recommend consumer packaging. Add a case. Offer a bundle that includes the required cables, charger, mouse, keyboard, etc. Consumers want plug and go, not a naked circuit board.


Actually the foundation doesn't target consumers, the initial version that is on sale is a developer board; they wanted to release it so that people could write software for it. The fact it is so hugely successful amongst non-developers was pretty surprising to them.
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There's very little difference between what you call the developer board (which is really called the model B board), and the coming "educational" model A board. What you get today is nearly the same as what you will get in the coming months with the official release -- assuming of course it comes out any time soon.

The actual target market is schools, and the release to them will include a bare-bones case.

What I find funny is how much they've gone out of their way to demonstrate the Raspberry Pi's ability to perform as a media playback device, and play 3D games.

Btw, they're now offering the hardware mpeg2 codec for purchase, priced at just a few bucks. Great news for people wanting to playback those avi's they downloaded.

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RE[2]: Comment by MrWeeble
by MrWeeble on Tue 28th Aug 2012 18:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by MrWeeble"
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2007-04-18

Absolutely, very little difference indeed (after all what would be the point in having it be substantially different). Other than the case, The educational release of the model-A will also come with educational materials for use in the classroom.

They very much did originally intend it to be used for educational/development purposes, which was their reasoning for not including the MPEG-2 licenses out of the box. While they are providing this as an add-on, I don't think they will be going for all-out consumer focussed any time soon

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RE[3]: Comment by MrWeeble
by ilovebeer on Wed 29th Aug 2012 01:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MrWeeble"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

They very much did originally intend it to be used for educational/development purposes, which was their reasoning for not including the MPEG-2 licenses out of the box.

Not sure where you heard that but it's not true. According to the foundation themselves, the only reason the mpeg2 license wasn't included was because they couldn't do so and maintain the $35 price.

While they are providing this as an add-on, I don't think they will be going for all-out consumer focussed any time soon

They've been clear that providing people with a cheap & usable computer is one of their primary goals. So is staying in business (yes, even non-profits are businesses) and for that reason alone they understand the importance of accommodating common use needs. This is exactly why the mpeg2 and vc1 licenses are now available for purchase.

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