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Raspberry Pi: a credit card sized, single-board computer for $25

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Perhaps this is old news for some of you already, but for those who haven't heard, there's this ultra-cheap single-board computer coming out really soon called Raspberry Pi. I think it looks pretty cool. (Picture of it here)

It's a little PC than you can plug into a TV and run Linux on, and it's intended to be used for teaching kids about programming. Though it's rather bare-bones, there's a lot of other things you could possibly do with it, like using it for streaming video or controlling robots and such. So of course, there's already many hobbyists and hackers interested in this as well.
It costs just $25 but there's a slightly fancier version you can get for $35, and they should be available to order around the end of this month.

More info's on the website, just thought you guys might like this. Not sure if I might get one but I'm thinking about it.

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Sounds good at first, but no so much after you read the fine print...

(http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs)
JamesH on January 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm said:
To get the full SoC documentation you would need to sign an NDA with Broadcom. But you would also need to provide a business model and estimate of how many chips you are going to sell. Less than 100k and they are unlikely to even talk. That said, the Foundation intends to release a limited datasheet which should cover most demands.


Yeah, the board is really heavy on the Broadcom, one of the worst when it comes to releasing hardware documentation. Most BCM drivers for Linux/BSD had to be reverse-engineered. Since this R.Pi board is apparently going to have NDAs involved, most likely the drivers for any "supported" OS will be in the form of binary blobs (something I do my best to avoid).

Btw, there was a recent thread on openbsd.misc:
http://marc.info/?l=openbsd-misc&m=132799238004570&w=2

Edit: Holy shit! Broadcom actually released some specs a few days ago! It doesn't cover everything, but maybe there is enough to port an OS with minimal heacaches:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/615

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