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Raspberry Pi
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
2164 posts
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/pcs/2012/01/26/raspberry-pi-modders-dream-machine/1

It's a project to make a very cheap computer,’ Upton explained by way of background, ‘to make a computer for $25 without networking or $35 with. It was founded because we think that the lack of programmable hardware for children - the sort of hardware we used to have in the 1980s - is undermining the supply of eighteen year olds who know how to program, so that's a problem for universities, and then it's undermining the supply of 21 year olds who know how to program, and that's causing problems for industry.’


Thought this may interest a few of you.

edit by trog: official site is: http://www.raspberrypi.org/
09:51am 28/01/12 Permalink
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09:51am 28/01/12 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
9982 posts
I have been following it's development for a while and i'll certainly be getting one when they are available.
09:52am 28/01/12 Permalink
Pinky
Melbourne, Victoria
12425 posts
The price is what's interesting here. Pico-ITX motherboards are expensive, so I'm not sure how they are getting this down to $25.
10:23am 28/01/12 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
35540 posts
This is also interesting - it runs XBMC!



I think I'm going to wait for the 2nd generation ones that have a case - I don't want to have to deal with innards dangling everywhere. But I definitely want one for a Linux box at home!
10:59am 28/01/12 Permalink
E.T.
Queensland
4193 posts
They can run Apple TV as well as XBMC. This little thing is going to change the world yo!



I want one, or two. When can I get it?
12:42pm 28/01/12 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
35546 posts
^ whoa. I didn't realise there was an AirPlay application thing you could just run on Linux. That is pretty neat.
12:49pm 28/01/12 Permalink
E.T.
Queensland
4194 posts
^ whoa. I didn't realise there was an AirPlay application thing you could just run on Linux. That is pretty neat.


Well, let me wet your appetite a bit more.

01:20pm 28/01/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
2166 posts
Yeah at that price point I can think of a heap of things I would like to do with a couple of them, because if I can't get it to work, then I can just turn it into something else.
05:12pm 28/01/12 Permalink
CHUB
Brisbane, Queensland
8470 posts
The whole idea brings a genuine smile to my face, I don't think they will achieve there grandiose shift in the way younger people use computers but it's still awesome.

I would snap a bunch of them up in an instant.
07:31pm 28/01/12 Permalink
Pinky
Melbourne, Victoria
12427 posts
But I don't believe it will ever be produced at the price point. Even if it's four times the price point it will still be a bargain though.
09:32pm 28/01/12 Permalink
3x0dus
Townsville, Queensland
1589 posts
Latest Xbmc build Eden has AirPlay built in.

Works well in appletv no longer have to crash out to normal appletv to watch AirPlay content
09:36pm 28/01/12 Permalink
awsum
Melbourne, Victoria
10 posts
OH yeah, these things look hot

I will be buying one for sure to see what I can do, being a bit of a computer enthusiast
01:33am 29/01/12 Permalink
teq
Brisbane, Queensland
12396 posts
I too doubt they will end up being 35, even if they could mass produce them for less than that and make a profit for $35, supply and demand will likely see the price rise
can you even pre-order them at the moment? I first heard about them a month or two ago and even back then they weren't taking any orders
02:10am 29/01/12 Permalink
E.T.
Queensland
4198 posts
Teq. This video has an interview with the product leader, Eben Upton which answers a lot of your questions.
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/12/01/17/0014220/raspberry-pi-25-linux-computer-now-in-production-video#ooid=ltdHVhMzoz8Az_p59sauYWFf-URBIZvJ
09:01am 29/01/12 Permalink
teq
Brisbane, Queensland
12397 posts
..indeed it does.
11:39am 29/01/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
2589 posts
The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be making a big (and very positive) announcement that just might interest you at 0600h GMT on Wednesday 29 February 2012. Come to www.raspberrypi.org to find out what’s going on.
01:30pm 29/02/12 Permalink
dranged
Melbourne, Victoria
1980 posts
cases will be sold separately

I will be getting the 256M/2xUSB/Ethernet Pi. $35 USD!
02:02pm 29/02/12 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
5237 posts
Just announce you damned retards. F*** this s***. If you have something to say, SAY IT, don't plan to say it by saying you will say it tomorrow.
02:14pm 29/02/12 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
12023 posts
Just announce you damned retards. F*** this s***. If you have something to say, SAY IT, don't plan to say it by saying you will say it tomorrow.

This is not how it works.
02:16pm 29/02/12 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
12368 posts
XBMC, HMDI output, runs HD video... I'll buy it for sure. I know heaps of people that would like a media player but don't want to spend $100+ for one.

02:26pm 29/02/12 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
5238 posts
This is not how it works.

This is how it should work.
02:30pm 29/02/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
2591 posts
Computer lockable gun cabinet like in the resident evil movie, home security controller, etc (with the gertboard: http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/raspberry-pis-gertboard-expansion-board-already-works-video-2012019/)
02:31pm 29/02/12 Permalink
tspec
Melbourne, Victoria
3393 posts
I think I'm going to wait for the 2nd generation ones that have a case - I don't want to have to deal with innards dangling everywhere. But I definitely want one for a Linux box at home!

This is probably the closest alternative atm that comes with a case, though a fair bit more expensive. Presumably they'd have to drop their prices if Raspberry Pi is competing at a fraction of the price, time will tell.
02:34pm 29/02/12 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
12369 posts
They will be selling cases soon after release Trog.
02:36pm 29/02/12 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
12024 posts
This is how it should work.
Lots of things work otherwise than how we would personally like them to.

I'm not going to explain why they are doing a staged info release because you already know how that works.
They will be selling cases soon after release Trog.

Surely they'll be available on ebay for 2 bucks a pop straight outta Hong Kong?
02:38pm 29/02/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2665 posts
I saw this coming the other day & didn't post because I am a greedy selfish person who wants all the raspberry pi goodness all to himself.

Although I plan on ordering one in 25 minutes on the site as soon as its available - with only ~10,000 in the first batch, it will be easily sold out.

The way the website is getting smashed at the moment it will be easy to miss today's first batch sale.
04:36pm 29/02/12 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
6554 posts
Yeah, site is getting smaaaaashed. It's gonna be like trying to get one of the Penny Arcade CTS cels :/
04:47pm 29/02/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2666 posts
Also remember everyone..

www.raspberrypi.org is the website blog

www.raspberrypi.com is the online store which the purchase will be available from.
04:52pm 29/02/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2668 posts
lol just hit refresh and the world may end before the page loads.

Announcing the sale was poor form - left themselves open to trashing their webserver bandwidth...
04:58pm 29/02/12 Permalink
dranged
Melbourne, Victoria
1981 posts
site is live
05:00pm 29/02/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2669 posts
500 internal server error is all I see :(
05:01pm 29/02/12 Permalink
kappa
Brisbane, Queensland
1834 posts
Lol all associated getting drilled.
05:08pm 29/02/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2670 posts
first to link to the actual buy page wins the award!
05:09pm 29/02/12 Permalink
TicMan
Melbourne, Victoria
7783 posts

How to Buy
The Raspberry Pi is available at either Premier Farnell or RS Components. Search for Raspberry Pi, and then follow the normal shopping and checkout process.


If anyone manages to get to an order page, please pick me one up. KTHKBI
05:10pm 29/02/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2671 posts
can't help but feel this is going to end badly - with me in tears. haha.. come awwn!!!
05:11pm 29/02/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2672 posts
http://au.element14.com/jsp/search/browse.jsp?N=2101+204200&Ntk=gensearch&Ntt=raspberry+pi&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial

edit: at the checkout but registration page won't even load up .. not winning
05:12pm 29/02/12 Permalink
tspec
Melbourne, Victoria
3394 posts
Store is now down for maintenance. Must be run by the same people that look after Ticketmaster.
05:15pm 29/02/12 Permalink
natslovR
Sydney, New South Wales
7662 posts
Everything timing out makes it much easier to resist the urge to purchase.
05:21pm 29/02/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2673 posts
farnell sold out already - although I don't know how.

I did manage to order 2 from farnell although unsure if this was before raspberrypi twittered that they were sold out.

Like exemplar below, no confirmation email.
05:33pm 29/02/12 Permalink
eXemplar
Brisbane, Queensland
2716 posts
I ordered 10 from element14 and it seemed to accept and confirm the order ok, but I've yet to receive any confirmation email (assuming they don't charge CC until the order is processed).
05:50pm 29/02/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2675 posts
Just got confirmation email from farnell. Availability: Awaiting Delivery.

One would assume I missed out & get stuck with paying and waiting for the next batch.
06:16pm 29/02/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2676 posts
RS website seems to be working fine now - however I can't for the life of me find the raspberry pi for sale on it.
06:25pm 29/02/12 Permalink
natslovR
Sydney, New South Wales
7663 posts
I thought I read one per person for this first batch
06:26pm 29/02/12 Permalink
eXemplar
Brisbane, Queensland
2717 posts
I thought I read one per person for this first batch

Yeah, I read that on the raspberrypi website too, but element14 let me place the order with 10. Worst case scenario I don't get them for a month.
06:32pm 29/02/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2677 posts
from rasperrypi.org

Why are we using a licensed manufacture model?...
The involvement of RS Components and Premier Farnell means that we can build volume much, much faster than would have been possible on our own. We are no longer limited to batches of only 10k Raspberry Pis; the Raspberry Pi will now be being built to match demand.
06:37pm 29/02/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
2594 posts
Na, that was one per person minimum order in the faq.

After all that my ex broke down and it looks like I've missed out. FUUUUUUUUU.
09:19pm 29/02/12 Permalink
kos
Germany
1969 posts
Na, that was one per person minimum order in the faq.

Minimum one order per person? They'll make a fortune! What's 7 billion times $25?!
10:30pm 29/02/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
2598 posts
Well with some places you have to minimum order 5+, and I don't think they are in it for the phat loot, looks like UK education might be planning something with Raspberry Pi and good old BBC( Acorn):

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/bits/2012/02/16/bbc-micro-2/1
10:47pm 29/02/12 Permalink
Nathan
Brisbane, Queensland
3970 posts
Kind of amazing how popular this thing is (or at least, how they're struggling to keep up with demand)
11:51am 04/03/12 Permalink
simul
Brisbane, Queensland
1331 posts
Kind of amazing how popular this thing is (or at least, how they're struggling to keep up with demand)


Not that amazing, the amount of arduino playing has exploded in the last few years, + theres a heap of people who are planning on using these for computer replacement tasks (honestly I think those people should wait because they will most likely be disappointed).
11:55am 04/03/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
2648 posts
When paired with the Gertboard you have a lot more options which is what I'm more interested in.
01:26pm 04/03/12 Permalink
Superform
Netherlands
7249 posts
i want one
05:50pm 08/03/12 Permalink
unclebobsticle
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
132 posts
Looks good, I finally bothered to order one today. prolly wont see it for another 2 to 3 months. Cheap and fun, cant complain!

05:51pm 08/03/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
2691 posts
I'm going to wait until the gertboard is out and get a couple of both.
06:31pm 08/03/12 Permalink
$ack
Brisbane, Queensland
1430 posts
Price update out: AU$54.75
05:01pm 13/03/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5275 posts
Wherefrom?
05:19pm 13/03/12 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
35833 posts
That case looks great. Can't wait to see what people do with these.
05:26pm 13/03/12 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
5275 posts
Probably stuff like PirateBox http://wiki.daviddarts.com/PirateBox which is itself a really cool idea.
06:21pm 13/03/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
2720 posts
They are so small and yet powerful I am going to implant one in my body with a multitude of sensors and servo's.
If my head is cleft clean from my body the servos will open my mouth in sync with an mp3 of me saying "My Dad always said I'd loose my head if it wasn't bolted on", if my time comes naturally than it will erect my penis and clamp my hand upon it with such strength they will not be able to loosen my death grip at the mortuary. I will also be able to upload stats from my body to my computer and a variety of other functions will be swiftly explored and invoked.
08:40pm 13/03/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
2770 posts
Another use for the Raspberry Pi from the pirate bay

https://thepiratebay.se/blog/210

With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we're going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war.

We're just starting so we haven't figured everything out yet. But we can't limit ourselves to hosting things just on land anymore. These Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) are just the first attempt. With modern radio transmitters we can get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away. For the proxy system we're building, that's more than enough.


Or early April Fools?
09:53pm 19/03/12 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
12431 posts
Awaiting news item of drone falls from sky and kills someone owners arrested.
11:32pm 19/03/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
2925 posts
Update:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/978

Raspberry Pi has finally passed compliance testing in the UK, they have also passed America's FCC and Australia's CTick.

A cute story. Radiated immunity testing involves hitting the Raspberry Pi hard with narrow-band EM radiation, while checking (amongst many other things) that the device is still able to send Ethernet frames to a hub. The first time the team did this, the light on the hub stopped blinking: no frames were making it through. They did it again: still nothing. Finally, they discovered that the hub (which, I should point out, gave every appearance of being CE marked, so it should have been able to get through these tests itself) was being knocked out every time somebody pressed the button. Jimmy used a longer cable, put the hub outside the field, and found that the Raspberry Pi got through its immunity tests with no problems at all.
08:19am 08/04/12 Permalink
eXemplar
Brisbane, Queensland
2734 posts
So when are they fkn shipping
12:15pm 08/04/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3020 posts
With the Raspberry Pi now shipping


Outside of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, it seems work is being done to support the tiny PC with add-ons. One of the companies set to launch such a product is Adafruit, which has just announced an electronics plate kit for the device.


http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/raspberry-pi-gets-an-electronics-prototyping-plate-kit-20120427/

http://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/adafruit_rasppi_kit.jpg
04:21pm 30/04/12 Permalink
Pinky
Melbourne, Victoria
13115 posts
12:04am 01/05/12 Permalink
Fish
Brisbane, Queensland
2978 posts
^^ that seems to target a different kind of use case.
If I wanted something small, relatively powerful, and cheap for something like sensor data processing and logging, I'd use a Raspberry Pi.
Something that's supposed to act a bit more like a computer, maybe the Intel NUC.
12:10am 01/05/12 Permalink
IVY_MiKe
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
983 posts
Has any Ausgamers/QGL member actually picked one of these up yet?

...or is this rapidly becoming the 'great white whale' of the 21st century?
05:52pm 01/05/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3022 posts
They've only recently been cleared after compliance testing and are starting to ship properly now. I myself am waiting until the Gertboard is also shipping and getting everything all at once.
06:00pm 01/05/12 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9634 posts
I should have one before June ... apparently ...
08:02pm 01/05/12 Permalink
DecayingCorpse
Brisbane, Queensland
1992 posts
i'd like one to replace a dodgy acryan media box...

i would sacrifice some size to have all the connectors on the one side tho.
08:15pm 01/05/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2725 posts
I will need to check my credit card statement but I am relatively sure I paid for 2 of these from element14 on launch day..

have not heard a thing or received an email since.
08:45pm 01/05/12 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
12608 posts
I want to get a couple (lol more then 2) of these as xbmc media players.
08:46pm 01/05/12 Permalink
kr0wb4r
Brisbane, Queensland
1177 posts
we ordered two at work and they came last week. we aren't allowed to play with them yet until after we finish all this stuff we have to do atm.
11:00pm 01/05/12 Permalink
Triamks
Brisbane, Queensland
3494 posts
I want to get a couple (lol more then 2) of these as xbmc media players.


than*
06:44pm 02/05/12 Permalink
IVY_MiKe
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
996 posts
I look forward to hearing what you've gotta say about em kr0wb4r!

I'm interested, but yea... unsure how much work has gotta go into em to 'make something' of them.
05:36pm 03/05/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2764 posts
I forgot I ordered this thing but here it is on my desk this morning.

Although I ordered 2 and the delivery says QTY 2 .. there is only 1

Now what to do with the little sucker lol
09:40am 04/06/12 Permalink
jesu
Brisbane, Queensland
698 posts
I forgot I ordered this thing but here it is on my desk this morning.

Although I ordered 2 and the delivery says QTY 2 .. there is only 1

Now what to do with the little sucker lol

Did you get just the board? I heard there was a cased version they were doing...
Also, apparently a Debian 6 remix was done for it as well as the Fedora developed by Raspberry Pie foundation.
10:16am 04/06/12 Permalink
TicMan
Melbourne, Victoria
8021 posts
Where can you order this tasty bit of computing from?
10:27am 04/06/12 Permalink
Denominator
Brisbane, Queensland
946 posts
Element 14

I have had one for a month now they bring back memories of slow computing
10:29am 04/06/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2765 posts
yeh doesnt phase me if they are slow.

i am more interested in performance of an RDP session. maybe a thin client?
11:06am 04/06/12 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
9704 posts
My micro ITX HTPC is a beast compared to this and it is frustratingly slow. I can't imagine a media center on a Raspberry Pi, but for me that would be the ultimate goal. Does anyone have any reviews of people actually doing this? It would be brilliant to stick one of these behind a wall mounted television, but if making it 2 or 3 times bigger gives it more juice and still fits back there, then that would be better.
11:18am 04/06/12 Permalink
kr0wb4r
Brisbane, Queensland
1190 posts
I look forward to hearing what you've gotta say about em kr0wb4r!


Heh - weeks later and they're still in their little plastic sleeves on the lunch table.

No time for fun around here. =/
11:21am 04/06/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3202 posts
Did you get just the board? I heard there was a cased version they were doing...


Yeah, that's I'm waiting for the gertboard and modules to be released and get it as a bundle, or at least at the same time... still patiently waiting.
01:05pm 04/06/12 Permalink
jesu
Brisbane, Queensland
699 posts
Yeah, that's I'm waiting for the gertboard and modules to be released and get it as a bundle, or at least at the same time... still patiently waiting.

Hadn't seen any of this on my internet travels. Very interesting.

Also found some other cool ideas:
Similar Intel prototype of tiny computer
The PirateBox
PirateBoxLive - live boot disk
Dead Drops - USB drives cemented in walls - world map of dead drops (~5 in AU)
Forban
02:17pm 04/06/12 Permalink
Pinky
Melbourne, Victoria
13232 posts
http://marcoalici.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/me-and-the-raspberrypi-2/

Holy crap, mental - how good are those Blender/Yafray renders!? I thought it was a real physical case.

Anyone see any particularly good idea for Raspberry Pi that suits the particular form factor/processing requirement well?
11:44pm 04/06/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2767 posts
I will just take this opportunity to say they are slow as all hell in a GUI environment.

And I would really like to express SLOW.

I thought it would pass as a little rdp machine, logging into Xeon hardware but it really is unusable. I cant imagine anyone using one of these day to day let alone as a media center or

They really are for what they say, teaching kids basic programming and Linux fundamentals.

If you didn't need a GUI, it would probably run fine as a little FTP server? Although the Ethernet card sucks as it isnt gig.
I am sure I can find a use for the little bugger, stay tuned.
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