I ordered a couple of launchpads over a year ago when TI released them, and have since ordered a few extra bits, e.g. capacitive touch sensor board. All directly from TI"s website. As far as I remember, there was no shipping charge.
Try it, it may still be the case.
You can get the LaunchPad directly from TI as ecw mentions. They aren"t adding shipping for me to Canada, and it was free when I ordered mine at the release, so it"s probably still free worldwide.
Here"s a link: https://estore.ti.com/MSP-EXP430G2-MSP4 ... P2031.aspx
First off, I wasn"t ignoring you guys on purpose. Secondly…I had looked at the site, and I had totally miss-read the signup forms and incorrectly thought it didn"t list outside the US/Canada…I was wrong!
So thank you for pointing it out, I"ve ordered myself a launchpad and it was also free shipping, so hopefully it"ll come in the next few weeks.
Edit: WOW, impressive it should come tomorrow!
So $4.30 and it is coming from FORT WORTH, TX going via MEMPHIS, TN to the UK and *apparently* due to arrive tomorrow! Always impresses me when the shipping probably costs more than what you pay…
As for the lack of linux support for the debugger/programmer, although a pain, I can use another computer for that, so hopefully I can code what I need on there and play around with the hardware. When I do get a R-Pi I may be able to link it via SPI and make use of it"s features (if I can code it), perhaps even write a bootloader if required. Or switch to the Gertboard!
Either way, it"s cheap enough to have a play round with regardless.
Thanks for the help, keep the supplier suggestions coming, hopefully useful for everyone.