For me, the Raspberry Pi is taking me back to the days of the ZX81. The kit version, not the ready-made one. Although, this time \'round it\'s even better because it is so much cheaper now.
The ZX81 got me seriously hooked on technology back then and I hope that now it will encourage more to give it a go... And as was said before, if they mess it up, lose interest, move onto other things, then it\'s only the cost of a big-title console game which probably wouldn\'t get as much use as the Raspberry Pi in many hands.
However (and I\'m sure the Raspberry Pi team would agree) the inspirational thing about the R-Pi should be what can be done with it and not the device itself... The Raspberry Pi itself is nothing new, but what the Raspberry Pi foundation is doing and what it might engage others into doing is and will be. The more people think of possibilities which encourages others to experiment, the better.
I am not criticising the BeagleBoard but...
Beagle board: £124.80 + £24.96 Tax = £149.76
Raspberry Pi: You could get roughly 10 Raspberry Pi units for that!
So... \"was inspirational. now just economical\"...
Hell yeah, if the OP compares it to a BeagleBoard then it is \"just economical\"... In a good way