“Our dream is that the Raspberry Pi gets to a large number of schoolchildren and that a fraction of them learn how to program. They will become the next generation of innovators who will stimulate the economy,” he said.
Although only the size of a credit card, Raspberry Pi has a 700Mhz Arm processor, up to 256MB of flash memory. It will run a version of the popular Linux operating system, although Mr. Mullins said the final software package has yet to be finalized.
Development on the Raspberry Pi started three years ago, he said, and they hoped to have a product for sale by mid 2012.
There is currently a waiting list of more than 10,000 people.
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My best wishes to the Raspberry Pi project!
It is indeed a disruptive offering IMO in terms of price-point vs. technology. Today we can get a true multi-tasking experience for similar prices in the form of low-cost (MMU-equipped) SOHO routers hacked to run various flavors of Unices. But those solutions don’t offer the rich stand-alone multimedia interfaces and capabilities that Raspberry Pi does.
Raspberry Pi Fulfillment (the ability to actually buy one and get it delivered to you) at first release is a steep-slope in my opinion given what appears to be overwhelming demand. And this doesn’t even touch upon a stable BSP (this is not an IAx86 board, it is based on ARM embedded IP in a Broadcom SOIC if I’m not mistaken) and one or more stable (e.g.) Linux distros ported and ready to go upon first release (several are working on it). So I recommend a bit of patience and understanding from the Hacker and Maker Community upon first release. I think it will be worth it in the longer-haul.
Interesting to see the WSJ gave the Raspberry Pi some air time. I just wish the Arduino-centric community followed this project more closely. Perhaps this is because the Raspberry Pi, by it’s very nature and capabilities is not an easily "cloned" hardware design.
The SOIC is very difficult to mount and boards that perform well will require very sophisticated EDA tools to design. Although the design is as "open" as possible (given the Broadcom SOIC) this is not anything like the Arduino in terms of ease of duplication. Not that it won’t happen though – eventually.