If you mean the MK802, I think it's had 9.04 for a few weeks. But it was just joined by Puppy Linux, Ubuntu 12.04 & Lubuntu 12.04:obarthelemy wrote:I think the bet is that a full Linux will run on it. VIA have confirmed it's not locked-down on purpose, so it should be feasible w/o acrobatics. I read somewhere that the previous Pi-killer of the week, based on an Allwinner A10, just got Ubuntu.
The gooseberry is built from "off the shelf" parts, i.e. standard A10 CPU, separate RAM, separate flash memory (which the Pi doesn't have), separate peripheral chips, etc. Which gives the natural advantage of being able to swap components around for a higher/lower specced/cost device.prodata wrote:Interesting that the component count on the gooseberry looks quite a bit higher than the Pi. Why would that be?
I think it all depends what level of "simple compute tasks" you need to run in a solar application (including what IO interfaces you need), and what tradeoff you want to make with CPU speed / power consumption.Unfortunately still no sign of any new and really low-power (electrically eg 0.5-1W or lower, but inevitably with some correlation to CPU power) alternatives to the Pi, ie suitable for longer-term battery/solar running for simple compute tasks.
The Foundations future plans haven't been published I'm afraid.IntnsRed wrote:If there's one thing we know about technology, it is that it will change.
One of the interesting aspects to RPi and the entire micro-micro SBC segment will be in keeping things up to date and how the RPi evolves. This makes me wonder what the RPi's priorities, core fundamental concepts, and, if you'll forgive the marketing speak, its "road map" for the future is.
I'd like to see more RAM, but that's a tradeoff that impacts power requirements and, of course, price. I don't know how those tradeoffs are being calculated.
I see RPi's appeal being:
Of course, there are other appeals -- ability to be hooked to a TV, low power requirements, etc.
- Low cost. (The under-$50 segment seems a nice place to be.)
- Oriented towards kids (of all ages), education and experimentation.
- Free software/software-libre based, from the BIOS on up. (IMHO, a Linux-based OS is ideal.)
But there will definitely be competition in this area. Does anyone know of any links/info on future directions/plans for the RPi?
In one of the MakerFaire videos Eben said he wants to keep the RaspberryPi a "consistent platform" for quite a while, i.e. no RAM-upgrades etc., so that maximum compatibility with both old and new models is ensured.IntnsRed wrote:This makes me wonder what the RPi's priorities, core fundamental concepts, and, if you'll forgive the marketing speak, its "road map" for the future is.
Yes, that makes sense; it has to have some stability to generate some amount of mass and for people to write/collect/port software to.In one of the MakerFaire videos Eben said he wants to keep the RaspberryPi a "consistent platform" for quite a while, i.e. no RAM-upgrades etc., so that maximum compatibility with both old and new models is ensured.
This is the gotcha, for two reasons. The first is, as mentioned, technology will march on. But since the target is education, teachers are pitched to incessantly and tend to run in cyclical trends of jumping on bandwagons as the next new thing in education catches a certain level of mindshare. At least that's the way it is here in the US; perhaps things are different and less trendy and commercialized in UK education. (Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?! )As a charity, I guess they don't need to chase the "new upgrades! extra shininess!" (enforced obsolescence) that Apple etc. do
Their bread is buttered on the other side.Jim Manley wrote:While it's obvious where their bread is buttered, Intel recently commented on how the extra cores in most mobile devices go to waste because the software wasn't developed for a multi-core environment (and those extra cores eat batteries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which is a big no-no in mobile operation)
Intel-based smartphone unveiled by Orange for UK and FranceEurope's first "Intel Inside" smartphone has been unveiled by the telecoms firm Everything Everywhere.
The handset is powered by Intel's single-core Atom Z2460 processor and runs Google's Android system.
LOL - same here. I'm looking forward to a playing in a Linux sandbox with lots of other newbies. Only 9 weeks to wait.Jim Manley wrote: 30 days before shipment occurs - and that's after you spend over $31 for "express" shipping? Despite the egregious distributor markups for the Pi, $111+ is a lot stiffer than the $46 it cost to obtain my Pi.
Thanks, but, no thanks.
I'm truly stunned they claim this is a 1GHz device when it's in fact a twin core 533Mhz device. That's misselling of the highest order! They are NOT the same.rasbeer wrote:Can't edit my previous post; I just realised cnx-software wrote up the dual core one about a month back (linking to a vendor with more reasonable shipping).