stderr wrote: davidcoton wrote:
Since you can run headless, ...
Headless is useless for first time computer users. They don't have another computer to provide the human interface devices.
Wouldn't it be neat if people didn't remove part of what someone said to completely change the meaning? While I can't find it since this place isn't threaded, I am sure I was saying that you can run headless therefore you can use the VGA add on thing without using the HDMI. I certainly wasn't advocating headless machines for people without any heads. Sounds like "Sleepy Hollow" on Fox.
OK, your meaning wasn't obvious to me, apologies for ascribing something to you incorrectly. I quote selectively because re-reading whole quoted posts (particularly those containing photos, schematics, etc) really annoys me.
Who will be first to produce a package, not of "a computer for $5" (or whatever), but a complete system (PSU, cables, software, keyboard, mouse, screen) for $50 (or whatever).
Keeping in mind that Amazon was selling a 7" tablet for $34.99. By that metric, nearly no one is price barred from owning a computer. And that's true, everyone seems to have a device like that. Or ten. Yet most people aren't learning that much about the hardware or the software.
So that is our hardware sorted -- bundle a Zero with an Amazon tablet (I'm assuming it may not be quite that simple, but we've still got $10 less the Pi PSU to play with). The problem is that GUI OSs a complex enough to make it difficult for noobs to build and use a programming environment. Compared to the BBC Micro, switch on, bleep, bleep, you're in the command line build environment for BBC Basic. Maybe that won't cut it now (though, really, why not?), but perhaps the noob experience does need further refinement if the principal aim is the get people learning to code.