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'[OT] I am waiting to order a RaspberryPi'
2012\04\25@232902 by RussellMc

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> What do you imagine the wait time is going to be for ordering a
> RaspberryPi as of today ?

It depends on how quickly you fill in the online order form :-)


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2012\04\26@094131 by Brendan Gillatt

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On 26 April 2012 07:28, Wouter van Ooijen <spam_OUTwouterTakeThisOuTspamvoti.nl> wrote:
>> #2  What do you imagine will happen to the
>  > evolution of the RaspberryPi over the next year ?
>
> IMHO there is a more interesting observation: when the Pi foundation and
> their partners can make a Linux-capable PCB for ~ $40, they can't be the
> only ones. And the hype around the Pi has shown that there is a marked
> demand for such a device. Hence: someone will make and sell such
> products, even if the Pi is not 100% successful (but my guess it that it
> will be).

I think the R-Pi guys had a lot of additional support: some of the
engineers worked for Broadcom anyway, meaning the lengthy (and
expensive) procedure of procuring the CPU and its support software was
reduced greatly. Not to mention the support from industry that they've
had as the media attention has increased. Copies will probably have
trouble doing that.

> Check this product from Olimex (available early May):
> http://www.olimex.com/dev/oli_left.htm

That's an entirely different kettle of fish: it's based on a much less
powerful ARM9 core without the extra GPU component and with less RAM.
It's also about the same price: €45 for the assembled product, which
means that it really can't compete in the same market.

There have already been a number of cheap Linux computers based on an
ARM core but so far none that I have seen have had the same
performance for the price.

-- Brendan Gillatt
http://www.brendangillatt.co.uk

2012\04\26@095820 by Wouter van Ooijen

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> There have already been a number of cheap Linux computers based on an
> ARM core but so far none that I have seen have had the same
> performance for the price.

I had (before the Pi and this Olimex thingy) not seen anything below $50. Did I miss anything?

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2012\04\26@195626 by Brendan Gillatt

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On 26 April 2012 14:58, Wouter van Ooijen <.....wouterKILLspamspam@spam@voti.nl> wrote:
>> There have already been a number of cheap Linux computers based on an
>> ARM core but so far none that I have seen have had the same
>> performance for the price.
>
> I had (before the Pi and this Olimex thingy) not seen anything below
> $50. Did I miss anything?
>

Take a look at http://tinyurl.com/63l8vh
(http://www.omnima.co.uk/store/catalog/Embedded-controller-p-16140.html)
for example. I've not used them myself but they're probably on par
with a WRT54G router in terms of spec. Again, they still don't get
close to the venerable R-Pi for desktop usage.


-- Brendan Gillatt
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2012\04\27@023745 by Wouter van Ooijen

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> Take a look at http://tinyurl.com/63l8vh
> (http://www.omnima.co.uk/store/catalog/Embedded-controller-p-16140.html)
> for example. I've not used them myself but they're probably on par
> with a WRT54G router in terms of spec. Again, they still don't get
> close to the venerable R-Pi for desktop usage.

Nice! I don't care for desktop usage (although no video output at all is irritating).

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