My reading between the lines would imagine it that Eben fancied the idea of reinventing the home computer, could see a benefit and reason for doing that, saw Atmel chips as the way to do it, so built a prototype around those.Heater wrote: ↑Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:54 amAs far as I can tell the original Pi experiments were using some little ATMEL processor. Also as far as I can tell that predates MicroPython and there isn't a Python for such devices. So where was this Python to come from? Did Eben write his own Python for it? Was it actually a bigger ATMEL like the ARM based ones?
Later, after joining Broadcom, he saw there were better, more powerful, very capable and reasonably priced, chips which could make for a better home computer, and shifted in that direction.
Having done that, I imagine he asked himself what it should do, how it should work ?
Booting to Basic was how home computers had done things, so a similar concept would not be unreasonable. But Basic was 'old hat', Python the new kid on the block, so why not boot to Python rather than boot to Basic ? A home computer for the modern age.
I think that's where the 'Pi for Python' comes in. That's what he imagined he would do, but then the notion of making it a cheap Linux computer arose; one which could run Python and anything else. His direction evolved again and that's what we ended up with.
I think it's an evolutionary tale rather than Eben having set off with the initial intent of creating a boot to Python computer using Atmel chips.