The British-designed credit card-sized RaspberryPi computer, eagerly awaited due to its £22 price tag, can be yours this week for a mere £1,900 or more. The tiny GNU/Linux ARM-powered machine, which is priced less than a textbook, is due to go on general sale by the first half of February, several weeks later than expected …
I'm going to be buying two of these when they become available, one for my son to learn on, and one for me to replace my server (which is running on a 500mhz p3), I think this is a great project, getting these into a classroom would be brilliant, nobody ever explained any programming to me as a student, and all the IT class taught was how to make a "movie" with powerpoint.....
Yup, that's pretty much all "ICT" is these days: a vocational training course for glorified secretarial applicants to Microsoft shops.
No wonder kids' computing skills are limited to posting "LOL" a hundred times a day on Farcebook and Twatter.
The RasPi may become the most significant thing to happen to UK schools in the last three decades. The only problem now is where to find competent computing teachers, since the "ICT" dilberts will be totally lost without Microsoft's crap.
Seriously, I don't want to come across as being negative about RP, it is an exciting project and I might well buy one myself at some point. But it isn't the baby Jesus.
@bkcokoat you already have a computer, probably more than one if you have a "server". If you haven't learnt to program yet, what is so magical about RP which is going to suddenly make you learn? It's just a Linux box.
Good luck to you and your son, but what have you been waiting for?
@Just thinking Well...
A lot of people have cars, but they don't go out and race them......
I think you misunderstood me
What I was trying to say was as a student I didn't learn anything, however afterwards in university, I did learn, a few languages in fact, and yes, as far as servers go, it's a pretty sad old beast, but for a file host/ data slurper it's sufficient.
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