Indeed, will we see owl-badged Raspberry Pis at last? As I understand it, the BBC were sounded out but did originally rule out the idea of putting their logo on any kind of computing product, including the Pi, in the present.
I was amused to see that they revived the subject (again) of how bitter Clive Sinclair was about the BBC Micro stealing the educational thunder from the Sinclair machines, but the truth was that the BBC Micro was a much more micro-architecturally 'normal', robust machine than the Sinclair machines ever were, and its version of BASIC arguably set the standard, a standard which, incidentally, can still be experienced today by running RISCOS on a Pi.
The Sinclair machines had the merit of being cheap, and that was why I owned several of them myself rather than Acorn models (Here in the arctic north, only kids from posh families were likely to have a BBC micro in the house). So what will the BBC do this time? Will they commission another physically robust, generic machine with a fixed ROM-resident operating system and a relatively high price, or will they be brave and go with the popular and numerous (but more quirky) Raspberry Pi? Or will they just produce some sort of IDE which will run on any PC? Or Indeed on any Android device?
It's a pity this is going to take so long to get up and running, as the maker/coder ethos is stronger right now than it has been at any time since the original 1980s home computer boom which spawned all the (now middle aged) nerds like me who bought most of the first wave of Pis. But I'm glad it's going to happen at some point, anyway.
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P.S. Does anyone remember trying to download a program into their computer using a lightpen pointed at a flashing dot in the corner of their TV screen? Not sure which TV programme it was, but probably BBC's 'Micro Live'.