Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Raspberry Pi - Brilliant British Technology, Back To Basics Computing ...

It really is this small.
It costs £16 and it's a full-blown computer only slightly bigger than a credit card. And it's a little piece of magic. And it's British.

And I'm expecting delivery of mine *real* soon.

The optional case
The Raspberry Pi is a single-board unit with an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, graphics unit, and 256 Megabytes of RAM. It uses an SD card for booting and long-term storage, and it will network nicely. It runs Linux (Fedora, Debian or Arch) and support Python.

An early prototype
Developed with David Braben, programmer of Elite, one of the best computer games of all time, it allows users, particularly children, to get into the workings of a computer and actually *make* it do what you want it to do. Perhaps now IT Teaching in schools will make the step-change it needs to keep Britain at tye leading edge of technology in the next few decades.

Yes, the geeks of the future will learn their stuff on a Raspberry.