Most kids have Xbox or PS3's, or some budget gaming PC anyways. If kids wanted to program, they probably already have a much more powerful PC at home.
Not necessarily. Not all of the families with kids who are or would be interested in mucking around with computers can afford to get them. And even if they do have a family PC, the parents may not be comfortable with the idea of the kids screwing around with it in this kind of way. But this? Any parents not so destitute that their kids are literally starving could afford to get one. Kids interested in technology living with luddite parents could scrape together enough allowance to get one. And importantly, in contrast to the setup of the typical home PC, its got an operating system environment well suited to playing around with programming.
Chances are if his family can't afford a PC he has absolutely not clue about computers, or Linux in general. Since this has no documentation he would not be able to do anything, oh and since it does not come with SD card he would need to somehow access a computer to get a linux distro anyways.
Rather a defeatist attitude if you ask me. It's expected that people will have no clue - that's the point - giving people a clue. And there will be documentation available, SD cards preinstalled etc. So people will be able to use the device out of the box.
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