Hello World to all Raspi users/fans,
My name is Nelson Neves, I'm 34 and from Portugal, been following this wonderful project since the first announcements, and keeping up with all the twitter news, but just registered now (shame on me).
I'm a C++ software developer for windows platform, but long time Linux lover! I'm also an Electronic Engineer and have a been studying micro-controllers for some time now (been using Microchip PICs, also using MBed for some prototyping and keeping Arduino under my eye).
Also am a Linux Embedded Hobbyist, started to hack my SLUG a few years ago with Linux Debian and then my life changed (for good - I can say now that I am a better software developer thanks to the experience learned from the Linux Embedded systems). Since then I've been testing some alternative Linux Embedded hardware platforms (NSLU2-Debian, Bifferboard-OpenWrt, GruruPlug-Debian), but something was missing ... I found the missing piece once I saw the Raspberry PI project! Cheap/affordable Linux Embedded device, ARM CPU based, Energy efficient, Video Output, GPIO pins, Ethernet, with support for a standard Linux Distro such as Debian (or similar) .... WOW! I couldn't believe this!!!
For years I've been challenging my friends for a Linux Embedded training session, but the stuff that I've used was to much painful for a non-developer to take and learn (even for me it was a challenge). I can say now (and I'm pretty confidant) that with Raspberry PI I can finally teach my friends some nice thinks that one can make with Linux Embedded hardware.
I'm also an ex-webdeveloper, and love all this new hi-tech core languages such as RubyOnRails, Node.js, PHP, etc, and I think that Raspberry Pi will also be a nice platform to test such technology (at least for hobby/learning projects). I like to use micro-controllers for the low electronics interface, but love the power of the web-tech languages for the high level development, mixing this two worlds together is something trivial to me, with Raspi I finally have a way of showing this to the everyone and know that people will actually get there!
You guys are on the right track! I imagine that this will be a major 'boom' for the Linux Embedded scene! The only time that I was so anxious/excited was when SheevaPlug came out to the market (right after the NSLU2 -SLUG- got pulled out). Demand is going to be high, so keep an eye on how you handle this (please don't go the way SheevaPlug did) - just my 2 cents!
Almost forgot, I have a 6 year old boy and already told him that he is going to have a nice Linux PC this Xmas (This is a promise that I made when he was born, "Son, your first computer will have Linux inside!").
Some more stuff about me: http://codebits.eu/botdream