jbudd wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:09 pm
jamesh wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:58 pm
rin67630 wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:21 pm
No, it is not: In my case, I am retired and am working benevolently for an association promoting environmental measurement stations.
The stations are deployed at homes of people, who are willing to provide a station on their own expenses just for the benefit of the community.
Nobody is making any profit from the hardware or the time spent to assist the less computer literate members.
My main aim is to make the stations as cheap and as easy to setup and maintain as possible, I am proud to have achieved quite much.
Many, many other environmental projects are doing the same, the Raspberry Pi is here first choice to do the job.
Fair enough, but even so, should we be writing software for other people for free when we are massively overloaded with work anyway. As above, this is possibly all stuff that could be done by the 'community' and if it were, we would always look favourably on merging it to our own repos if asked.
The cheapest Raspberry Pi kit is perhaps a Pi, an SD card and some sort of Android tablet.
Defaulting to an access point - not confined to headless setup - would be valuable in circumstances where price is a major bar to getting into computing and WiFi is not available?
Possibly not a mainstream use case but surely well within the core aims of the RPF?
You might be right about the tablet. Since they are landfill within a couple years after purchase, there must be millions of them waiting to be fished out of the bin and repurposed as a display device for a Pi. Digital televisions, on the other hand, retain value for much longer and are therefore less likely to be found in the tip.
On the other hand, it likely works better for a child to plug their Pi into the family television and get along without further expense. Then again, there may be people living the nomadic lives of the homeless who would find a tablet-Pi combination a way to retrain for work. In this context it is possible a more-focussed skill-centered outreach would give better results. Though similar to the existing educational focus, what software would make the Pi easier to deploy as an environment to learn programming at a community center, shelter, library or hostile?
How about a way to run the server for Piserver from the Pi 4B for small-scale deployments of 10 or less?