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Business scenario

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:02 pm
by Mequa
I noticed LibreOffice runs reasonally well on Raspbian now, so this got me thinking of the following scenario.

Suppose a small business decided to use 10 to 20 Raspberry Pis in its office as primary productivity machines. All have Raspbian with LibreOffice installed, along with Midori, Abiword, GIMP, and other useful software, however most required usage is lightweight. Since Wi-Fi is required for an office connection, each Pi would be fitted with a powered USB hub and USB Wi-Fi adapter, and connected to a conventional office PC monitor (LCD with DVI), SD card, keyboard and mouse.

First of all, in terms of equipment cost, space and power consumption, this could save a lot of money over conventional PCs if the requirements are lightweight enough. Perhaps in a third world scenario, it could work.

The downside, however, is the loss of productivity from the relatively weak Raspberry Pi's performance, in comparison to using more powerful desktop PCs. Perhaps a mixture of Pi's and more powerful PCs would be needed in practice in such an office scenario.

As software improves, however, this does seem more feasible. We already have the ARM HF leveraged, safe overclocking, and LibreOffice performing well enough, as well as 512MB RAM models. When we have hardware-accelerated X drivers, performance in productivity applications may be given enough of a boost to be a real alternative for lightweight business use.

Re: Business scenario

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:17 am
by daremick
Not just a good Business scenario, but you could apply this to schools, library, you could make a whole town's worth of "resource" buildings based on this device. Especially in the instance of 3rd world or underdeveloped as you mentioned. I think that's what the founders of this project intended when they made Raspberry Pi. They wanted to encourage the next generation of the world to think outside the box and start putting together solutions that would benefit a greater number of individuals without involving high tech, expensive, solutions. Great Topic, I wish there were more discussion about the possibilities of real life integration into a working or learning atmosphere. I see a lot of dedication to making a SEGA emulator but not much in the way of societal improvement. I'll be watching this Topic :)

Re: Business scenario

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:03 am
by daremick
daremick wrote:Not just a good Business scenario, but you could apply this to schools, library, you could make a whole town's worth of "resource" buildings based on this device. Especially in the instance of 3rd world or underdeveloped as you mentioned. I think that's what the founders of this project intended when they made Raspberry Pi. They wanted to encourage the next generation of the world to think outside the box and start putting together solutions that would benefit a greater number of individuals without involving high tech, expensive, solutions. Great Topic, I wish there were more discussion about the possibilities of real life integration into a working or learning atmosphere. I see a lot of dedication to making a SEGA emulator but not much in the way of societal improvement. I'll be watching this Topic :)

as a side note, there are also great super cheap alternatives to the Raspberry Pi such as China made netbooks for around $40. It's only Android 2.2 but the price would make it entirely affordable in a 3rd world environment where simply having the opportunity at an education is worth millions. Even when the cheap machines break they would be easily replaced or repaired by someone running the project.