I was just sitting having a couple of bottles of Chang Beer and considered why this initiative has captured me so much?
The price is obviously a major factor,
I can easily justify 1,000 Baht for a computer and the \'babies\' up country can also afford to buy one, but that doesn\'t strike me as the comple \'raison d\'etre\'.
I do feel that this initiative could open up a serious alternative to Intel / Windows as being the \'natural\' OS selection.
I do not understand why I am so excited about this, \'but I am!\'
I\'ve spent the last few days switching my primary OS from Windows to Fedora and I am now running Windows under a VirtualBox on Fedora 16. (I decided on Fedora as it has the support of Red Hat. I would have preferred Ubuntu (Canonical) with its larger userbase, but as they have stated that the RPi hardware architecture will not be supported in the future it was a \'no go\')
Learning how to do \'stuff\' in a Linux environment has been a bit of a nightmare, but will come with time I\'m sure.
I\'ve got QEMU installed (eventually (arch = armv5tel)), so I have an ARM emulator environment (Still have not got guest / host networking working (more research and experimentation required), so that I can prepare for the hardware (RPi) to arrive).
Once I\'ve got the networking operational, I\'ll build a simple LAMP server to start with and see where we go from there.
It\'s been a dramatic reconfiguration of the way to work, as all my Windows work has to run from a Virtual machine now (VirtualBox from Oracle).
I\'m currently in the process of migrating e-mail from the guest to the host which is giving me a few \'headaches\' as I have now have 6GB of locally stored e-mail (10 years of retained e-mail).
All ideas of Windows Server as the host OS have now been \'thrown out\' and Fedora will be the server.
I\'ll still need to make sure that Rpi clients can VNC into the Windows 7 virtual system so that they can experience the \'M$ stuff\' they are taught at school/college.
I am finding that I lose track of which environment I am in, but I believe this post is via Firefox on the Host rather than Firefox on the Guest (Schizophrenia syndrome coming soon).
It\'s been a steep learning curve over a few days, but I\'ve had to maintain an M$ environment as that provides income.
From reading the posts in the forum, I think there are a number of 40 - 55 year olds looking to get \'involved\' with \'grass roots\' computing again and they will be the foundation of passing their experience and knowledge to the new generation of developers rather than users.
(Apologies for the rambling and ad-hoc nature of this post, but it\'s simply how I think sometimes)