You’ll soon be able to have a taste of Raspberry Pi: A tiny, inexpensive Linux computer. Today, February 29th, 2012, the technology world’s eyes are on the release of the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 or on the latest iPad 3 rumors. We don’t know exactly how these products will turn out but we can be sure of one thing: They’ll cost a pretty penny. On the same day, the non-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation released a bare-boned, Linux-powered computer that costs between $25 and $35. When I say “bare-boned,” I mean just that. The Raspberry Pi, which is the creation of UK-based academics and technology companies, is a credit card sized board with a Broadcom 700Mhz BCM2835 System-On Chip running a lightweight Remix of Fedora Linux for ARM. It doesn’t come with a keyboard, mouse or monitor. Heck, it doesn’t even come with a hard drive or a case. It’s a single board computer without even a case for the bare board. So what does it come with? The $35 model, which is the one’s that’s now available, includes the following: Broadcom BCM2835 700MHz ARM1176JZFS processor with FPU and Videocore 4 GPU GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p3D H.264 high-profile decode GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA infrastructure 256MB RAM Boots from SD card, running Raspberry Pi Fedora Linux Remix 10/100-BaseT Ethernet port HDMI port USB 2.0 port RCA video port SD card slot Powered from microUSB port 3.5mm… [Read full story]
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