After Europe and Asia, the Raspberry Pi model A finally goes on sale in the US for the promised price of $25. This is great news for DIY and hardware mod enthusiasts as the Raspberry Pi has been hacked to create wonderful things. The models on sale in Europe and elsewhere are all priced above $25 or come as a combo, which defeats the purpose of the board being a low-cost no-strings-attached device. However, in the US, Texas-based Allied Electronics has started selling the Raspberry Pi for $25 only, which is great news for hobbyists.
The $25 Model A sacrifices the ethernet port and has only one USB port. Thus, the model A needs much lesser power than the Model B. The Model A is specifically designed for enthusiasts who want to work with low-power devices without any internet connection.
The Raspberry Pi is a revolutionary single-board computer based on the BBC Microcomputer System. It has been created for an educational purpose, same as its predecessor. However, the Raspberry Pi has seen a major reboot of the hardware and architecture as compared to the BBC Micro, and it is strictly designed to serve an educational purpose by supplementing the existing computer market and not competing with it in any way. The low cost of Raspberry Pi is a big attraction and it has also been received well by the DIY and hardware enthusiast community. This device has a bright future, and the low-cost of $25 will give it a wider audience.
Allied Electronics has declared that it will not take preorders or backorders for the Raspberry Pi. So, it will be made available as and when they have the device in their inventory. Unfortunately, their stock has run out already. Also, if you are from outside North America, consider buying the device from here.
The Raspberry Pi has been developed from the ground up with freedom in mind. The amount of flexibility and control it offers over the device is commendable, and while this control is really enjoyed by enthusiasts, it comes with a price— a steep learning curve. The Raspberry Pi runs on Linux and getting started on Raspberry Pi includes getting started on Linux as a mandatory step. However, for those who want to enjoy the Raspberry Pi without these antics, Adafruit, a well-known DIY kit manufacturer has designed a Raspberry Pi web IDE that lets us run programs on the Raspberry Pi.
The implementation of the web IDE is such that there is a web-server that runs on the Raspberry Pi and we can connect to the web-server using a web-browser on our PC. All the code written here is stored on the cloud. While some might argue that this defeats the purpose of buying a Pi in the first place, as it requires a PC to program on, others see this as an important step in overcoming a learning curve. We cannot ignore the fact that this will not work towards making the Raspberry Pi accessible to the poor, though it will definitely work towards improving the adoption of the Raspberry Pi.
The $25 Raspberry Pi computer is specially designed and aimed at providing low cost computing. This initiative by Adafruit can significantly help those new to Raspberry Pi overcome some initial hurdles. Visit Adafruit to take a look at all the awesomeness they have created over the last seven years.
Raspberry Pi is a revolutionary idea from the Raspberry Foundation in the UK. The idea started in 2006 and has been under development for six years. The hardware for Raspberry Pi is open source and its plans can be downloaded online. Like the FXI Cotton Candy we covered a few hours ago, the Raspberry Pi too supports both USB and HDMI. However, the Raspberry Pi device costs pretty low, and the closest competitor from the One Laptop per Child project is priced at $100.
Yesterday, the foundation launched two Raspberry Pi devices, one priced at $25 and another for $35. The tech specs reads as a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC that includes a 700 MHz ARM 11 processor, 256 MB RAM and a VideoCore IV GPU. Although there is no built-in storage, it requires an SD card for storage and booting. The device supports Python, C and Perl. It is designed to run flavors of Linux.
After a wait period of six years, the response was so overwhelming that the Raspberry Pi website crashed under heavy load. They came back with an announcement, saying,
We’ve temporarily changed to a static site, while we’re experiencing a very high level of traffic for the launch of the Raspberry Pi. The full site will return once traffic levels have subsided, hopefully later on today. For up-to-the-minute news on what’s happening, follow @Raspberry_Pi on Twitter.
Raspberry Pi had 10,000 devices for the first sale lot. They identified two sellers Premier Farnell and RS Components out of which, Premier Farnell have sold out and RS Components will ship only in the UK.