Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Credit card-sized Linux system, Raspberry Pi $35 mini system, starts shipping

Raspberry Pi is one sweet little board.
(Credit: Screenshot by Eric Mack / CNET )

CNET - Raspberry Pi, the $35 Linux system about the size of a credit card, is fully baked and ready to eat… er, ship.

The system was designed by a British nonprofit with the idea of encouraging people everywhere, particularly young people in developing countries, to become more interested in programming. It went up for preorder at the end of February, and the first batch quickly sold out in minutes. That first crop of 10,000 units of the ARM-based system was received by distributors RS Components and Allied Electronics a few days ago, and they say shipping to customers worldwide will commence this week.

The system is smaller than most smartphones and comes with Ethernet, HDMI, and two USB ports, and an SD card slot, and it runs off a 700MHz ARM chip with 256k of RAM.      More