Raspberry Pi $25 Linux board Production
It's one step closer to being available. The assembly line is running in China. They had to outsource to China to keep the $25 price-point, and delivery schedule.
Mind you, none have actually been received in Great Britain yet, but soon.
The Raspberry Pi is an ARM based board, running at 300 Mhz with 128 Meg or 256 Meg of RAM, booting off an SD card, running some flavor of LINUX. An emulator IS available for your PC.
January 17th, 2012 9:19am
Very cool. The benefits of the onslaught of smartphones (and their increasingly powerful but inexpensive CPUs) is starting to be seen everywhere. Now if only my TV and blu-ray player didn't have crippling slow menus -- if they stick a nice OMAP 5 in there...
January 17th, 2012 9:35am
Now that I've upgraded my HTPC, I can enjoy all kinds of HD content and I don't have to deal with all that blu-ray/DVD crap.
January 17th, 2012 10:35am
"They had to outsource to China"
No they didn't. They chose to.
January 17th, 2012 10:52am
... in order to keep the price low and make the delivery times. Because every British supplier wanted way more money or MUCH longer delivery times.
Sure, if you remove the "because" clause, every "have to" becomes optional. Because every "have to" really IS optional, ASSUMING you can accept the 'because' clause.
They chose not to. Fair enough.
January 17th, 2012 11:18am
Why does anyone even respond to him? You must like it.
January 17th, 2012 11:25am
Everyone is talking about how this product is a full Linux computer for $25, a price never seen before since the closest thing is $200 or so, perhaps those $200 OLPC are the next step up.
So the $175 between them is a matter of how much profit you can make, not how many you can sell.
Completely a business choice.
Doesn't matter they claim to be "non profit". That status doesn't affect their salaries, which are determined by their profit.
January 17th, 2012 11:41am
"Because every British supplier wanted way more money"
Could it have anything to do with Britain having labor laws, environmental laws, etc?
It's not an issue here of wanting more money. It's an issue that Britain no longer allows slave shops filled with 13 yr olds working 12 hr days for $1 a day and exposed to poisons and dangerous conditions. Nor do they allow factories with toxic semiconductor waste to just dump it in the river.
Here the issue is not one of WANTING but of NEEDING.
Amazing that you guys see it exactly the opposite.
January 17th, 2012 11:43am
The British government has a tax structure that favours sending production overseas rather than doing it locally. It's all part of the historic drive to eliminate British industry and move to a service economy.
January 17th, 2012 11:56am
I'm an out of work electrical engineer in the UK. The foundation said quite clearly this project was set up to bring jobs to the UK through manufacturing. With that understanding, I was asked to donate free labour to this project. Now they have changed their tune. In addition, the project was supposed to be open source. There is a gentleman who is attempting to manufacture the boards in the UK and the foundation is going against him saying he is unlicensed.
I am sorry to say the entire scheme has been a scam from beginning to end.
January 17th, 2012 12:04pm
They explained the exact problem a little while ago, I'll try and find the link.
January 17th, 2012 12:16pm
January 17th, 2012 12:17pm
No one is saying it's a "full linux computer", it's a minimal ARM linux computer on a naked credit-card-sized board. It's primarily for educatiion/hobby but viable for other stuff too obviously.
January 17th, 2012 12:19pm
It would be nice if there were cheap coloc centers for these too. I'd buy one.
January 17th, 2012 7:09pm
"There is a gentleman who is attempting to manufacture the boards in the UK and the foundation is going against him saying he is unlicensed."
Do you have a link to this story with more information?
January 18th, 2012 7:54pm