I was browsing the internet and stumbled upon this incredible looking little machine.
What are the Fritter Critter's thoughts on it?
Got one, is awesome! Just like the Apple II on it's time, it gives a cheap alternative to a programmable computer. I run XBMC on it, using RaspBMC.
I'm looking to get one for use as a simple computer for things such as email, because a lot of time when I'm working on video projects I can't have anything up on my laptop besides the video editing software, lest I want to take a chance on slowing down the speed of the project by 50%.
I've got one too. Currently trying to get some serial communication working between it and my ][+
I have one and it one of the neatest things ever. Someone above said it is just like the Apple II of its time and I tend to agree. Back in the 70's and 80's every computer came with a ready to program development environment, usually BASIC and some form of assembly. You turned it on and it was ready to be programmed, todays computers don’t do that. In fact, getting in to programming can be challenging, machines don’t come ready to be programmed, development environments can be complicated and hard to use and the OS usually puts many layers between the user and the machine. The Raspberry Pi was designed address these issues. It is cheap, for around $90.00 you can have a complete machine, minus monitor. It comes with a Python development environment among other things, is easy to use and understand. It is designed to get kids programming and learning about the machine.
I really enjoy mine, I have it on my WiFi network and get on it from anywhere in the house. Currently I am investigating its use as a robot controller.