Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot to get excited about over this tiny computer, the Raspberry Pi. It can stream video via Airplay, can run Quake III, yet only costs $US35. Fortunately, now you can buy it.
The Model B Raspberry Pi is just finishing production in China, but is now available for pre-order. It features an ARM11 processor, 256MB of RAM, 2 USB ports, a LAN port, an SD card slot, audio-out and HDMI-out. It’s capable of running an Ubuntu install or a version of Xbox Media centre, but nothing comes per-installed so you’ll be spending some time at a command line.
But the best bit is: it costs $US35. 30. Five. Freakin’. Dollars. This thing is incredibly cheap, and a great way to get you — or your kids — into coding. In fact, the beauty of the Raspberry Pi business model is that all the profits will be pushed into a charity set up to encourage kids to get into coding, an initiative which will itself use these tiny computers.
Update: Demand is proving high, and the Farnell and RS websites are struggling to deal with the demand. Patience, young grasshopper.