Thursday, 1 December 2011

The value of (Raspberry) Pi

Raspberry Pi have just released pictures of the first batch of  PCBs for Raspberry Pi.

This amazing £25 system on a chip should be shipping in low volume before the end of the year. It's built up a huge following already, and the initial production run of 10,000 is likely to sell out fast.

The pictures of the PBC layout were amazing, and the actual PCB is just as remarkable.

The computer has the potential to change IT education, in this country and elsewhere, but much of its value lies in the way that it's motivated the community.

The open source movement has shown that there is a huge pool of talented, motivated people who like to share their work. Raspberry Pi is a focus for those of us who would like to share with the next generation of technologists.

It's a product for optimists.

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