We’ve briefly mentioned Raspberry Pi in the past, but haven’t given it the spotlight just yet.
It’s a cheap computer, costing about $35, which is designed to be a teaching aid and general tool for programmers. The target audience is 13-18 year old students, to help people like you learn programming.
Raspberry Pi launched today, and the website got so much traffic that they crashed and had to revert to a static site. It looks like Raspberry Pi is going to be a huge success.
Since it was developed in the UK that’s where it’s being released, so us folks in the US might have a little trouble getting them. Especially with the massive sales.
But we highly recommend talking to your science, engineering or computer science teachers about Raspberry Pi. See what they think, and see how they feel about trying to acquire some for the classroom. Even one or two would make a great tool, but they’re cheaper than most textbooks and are very capable!
- Gizmodo article: Five Things You Can Do With The New Raspberry Pi
- SitePoint article: Why Web Developers Still Want A Slice Of Raspberry Pi
- Ars Technica article: Raspberry Pi retailers toppled by demand as $35 Linux computer launches
- BBC News article: Raspberry Pi computer: Can it get kids into code?
- OS News article: Raspberry Pi launch turns into frenzy
- Slashdot video interview: Raspberry Pi Now Has Distributors — and Will Soon Have Boards for All