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Old 03-01-2012, 12:11 PM
 
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:18 PM
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Why? Because it's $35?

I'm inclined to wait and see whether it's as underpowered as a $35 (used) desktop computer would be.

I also suspect support will not be great on a $35 computer, even though at that price, it's effectively disposable. Considering the deep waiting list to acquire one and the fact the company will only sell them in quantities of 1, it might be difficult to replace if you use it for something important.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:21 PM
 
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Why? Because it's $35?

I'm inclined to wait and see whether it's as underpowered as a $35 (used) desktop computer would be.

I also suspect support will not be great on a $35 computer, even though at that price, it's effectively disposable. Considering the deep waiting list to acquire one and the fact the company will only sell them in quantities of 1, it might be difficult to replace if you use it for something important.
It's definitely meant to be a hobbyist project right now. No one's going to rely on these for important tasks until the company gets a bit more established.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:23 PM
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Those are for kids, no?

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Old 03-01-2012, 12:33 PM
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The Raspberry Pi is designed to be an affordable, easy-to-program device that hobbyists and children can play with and learn from. The goal of the non-profit foundation that designed it is to boost interest in programming and computer science.
You may be thinking of http://one.laptop.org/ which was an earlier initiative at providing cheap computers for kids in developing countries.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:35 PM
 
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The eventual target will be educators. Right now, they want hobbyists to try the computers out to work out bugs and develop software for them.

I don't see these as just for kids though. They could work well as a cheap web browser or media center.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:27 PM
 
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OK, what can you do with it?
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:58 PM
 
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This is really amazing... You can do so much with this.

I've been looking into it and it's very promising.
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I prefer Rhubarb.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:52 PM
 
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I'm starting to look into robotics. Yes, I intend to use it for hobby purposes. I was considering Arduino, but this looks much more flexible.

If I understand the article, the Raspberry Pi is meant to allow kids to learn about programming much earlier than they might otherwise. And (my observation) it also offers such opportunity for kids from financially-challenged families.
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