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A Least Half a Million Raspberry Pis Sold

Unknown Lamer posted about a year ago | from the obsesity-epidemic-spreads dept.

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hypnosec writes "The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that it could have sold over a million units of its credit-card-sized computer, the Raspberry Pi. Announcing the achievement, the foundation wrote that one of its distributors, Element14, has sold over half a million units of the Raspberry Pi, and even though the foundation doesn't have up-to-date figures from its other distributor, RS Components, it is expecting to have sold its millionth unit of the computer."

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They are remarkably versatile (2)

Muad'Dave (255648) | about a year ago | (#42532755)

Curse duplicate articles - I always end up posting in the wrong one [slashdot.org]. In that post you'll see a couple of things I use them for. I also plan on making a sporadic-E [wikipedia.org] monitor for 6m, 2m, and 70cm amateur bands. That way it can ping me when there's DX afoot.

Re:They are remarkably versatile (1)

vlm (69642) | about a year ago | (#42533145)

Like http://www.dxmaps.com/spots/map.php?Lan=E&Frec=50&ML=M&Map=NA [dxmaps.com]

Or do you mean a map maker, or something that actually gathers the raw data?

Re:They are remarkably versatile (1)

Muad'Dave (255648) | about a year ago | (#42533269)

B. something that actually gathers the raw data.

I love and use that site and am subscribed to get alerts. The problem is that I get alerts for openings where I can't hear anything as well as no alert when there's an opening I can use. If I scan the SSB portions of those bands, I can tell when there's an opening at my QTH, and maybe even include an audio snippet in the email. I could also include what stations the cluster 'heard' in the freq that popped my local squelch. If I wanted to have my house look like a Navy ship, I could use a constantly-rotating antenna and include the azimuth of the signal. (or 'rotate' the antenna electronically; hummm......)

Re:They are remarkably versatile (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533599)

'popped my local squelch'

yeah I get that a lot too - I think it's an age thing

Is it time for the $1,500 Apple iPi yet? (5, Funny)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year ago | (#42532783)

You know Jobs must have left detailed plans for it.

Re:Its called AppleTV (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533213)

AppleTV, like RPi has arm processor, GPU, ehternet and USB. Unlike RPi it also has a case and PSU. It only costs $100. Now all they need to do is open it up to apps.

Re:Its called AppleTV (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533499)

AppleTV doesn't have a chipset to host USB clients... That's the end of it. You can't add any USB devices to it.
Also, the Pi is all about those beautiful GPIO pins you can work magic with..

Agreed - not enough functionality in AppleTV. (3, Insightful)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year ago | (#42533539)

Even a jailbroken AppleTV appears to do little more than work as an XBMC streaming device. Raspberry Pi has so many more applications - it's a general computing device.

Re:Agreed - not enough functionality in AppleTV. (2)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#42534001)

And that's great. For people who want to tinker about creating or adapting programs for a hobby, the RPi seems like a great, simpl(ish) and cheap way.

Personally I got a lot of enjoyment from programming the Propeller based Hydra board a few years ago. I'm sure a lot more fun than I'd have with the RPi, but that's a taste based thing. And the Hydra costs about 6 times the price.

Why do people that don't like Apple bitch when Apple doesn't serve a particular market?

Maybe one day Apple TV will have apps. But it's still not the same market. Such apps will be commercial apps available from the App Store. It'd compete with consoles and set top boxes. It won't ever be a device intended for hobby coders.

One thing you've got to like about Apple. (1)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year ago | (#42534163)

They use basic Unix, and they don't go police-state crazy when someone comes up with a jailbreak. And the hardware is pretty nice. But, there's a lot of differences between the complete openness and wide functionality of the RPi, and the closed system, higher price, and lesser functionality of the AppleTV device.

Re:Its called AppleTV (-1, Troll)

amorsen (7485) | about a year ago | (#42533745)

AppleTV doesn't have a chipset to host USB clients... That's the end of it. You can't add any USB devices to it.

So it's very much like a Raspberry Pi then.

Re:Its called AppleTV (3, Insightful)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | about a year ago | (#42534851)

AppleTV, like RPi has arm processor, GPU, ehternet and USB. Unlike RPi it also has a case and PSU. It only costs $100. Now all they need to do is open it up to apps.

That sounds about right. 400% more expensive, fancy casing, apple logo, more limited functionality than the competition. They'll sell millions most likely.

What do they do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42532787)

I'm wondering what people are actually using the Pi's for. I haven't heard of the killer app to run on these things yet.

Re:What do they do? (4, Interesting)

Anrego (830717) | about a year ago | (#42532885)

I'll admit I haven't done this yet (can't get my hands on one!) but I plan to use two as a cheap drivers for my 5'th and 6'th monitor. Currently I'm using an old (AMD sempton 7something) box to do this, but a Raspberry Pi should do nicely (all I really need is an X server as I just forward the apps to the display currently..)

Re:What do they do? (4, Insightful)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about a year ago | (#42532971)

They aren't a killer app type of product, they are something that a hobbyist can play around with. At $25 or $35 they are almost disposable and can be the basis for all sorts of projects. They are small, portable, and don't require much power, and cheap. I want to see if I can create a RTK like setup (it won't be realtime) but need to first find some USB GPS receivers that will dump the raw data instead of already processed data.

Re:What do they do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42534193)

Why do you need USB? I'd think that a GPS module that speaks SPI or I2C would be cheaper, easier, and would almost certainly dump the raw data.

Re:What do they do? (5, Informative)

MachineShedFred (621896) | about a year ago | (#42534395)

Don't use USB. Use the integrated I2C bus, and this thing [adafruit.com]. It's cheaper, doesn't suck power through the already limited USB on the RPi, and gives you 10 location updates per second in exactly the form you're looking for.

Re:What do they do? (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about a year ago | (#42534765)

That looks to be exactly what I am looking for. I am not a hardware guy so I didn't even know what to look for on that end and just assumed that I would be stuck looking at something like USB or RS232->USB connections. I think that it might be time to start buying some parts. This is one of things I love about this site is there is probably someone who knows exactly what you need.

Re:What do they do? (2)

MBGMorden (803437) | about a year ago | (#42533037)

A lot of people seem to be using them as home theater PC's. They apparently run XBMC quite well. I would be all over one right now if I didn't already have an AppleTV running Crystalbuntu.

Re:What do they do? (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about a year ago | (#42533207)

'quite well' is a bit of an overstatement. It plays videos wonderfully, but the menu system is laggy as hell. They would be better served stripping out a ton of stuff and just offering up a video player interface. Make it super simple, like putting in a DVD.

Re:What do they do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533477)

I had a terrible time with the menus...a faster sd card has made it quite usable albeit a bit slower than I'd like...about comparable to running xbmc on my apple tv 2. I got a class 10 sdhc card from Costco so nothing overly special.

I also use a remote mysql database for the library.

Re:What do they do? (5, Informative)

DeliriumNocturnum (2812063) | about a year ago | (#42533589)

I'm using my 512 Pi for XBMC (via Raspbmc) and it has come a long way. Booting from SD but running the OS from a USB drive really improves the speed and navigation of menus, so that there is little to no lag now. I really enjoy using XBMC now (CEC passthrough and I don't even need a separate remote). For $35 and effectively using a device that was never designed to do what I'm using it for, I have zero complaints.

Re:What do they do? (3, Insightful)

Grench (833454) | about a year ago | (#42533105)

It's an educational product - a little Linux computer that is designed to be cheap (major plus-point for schools) and provide all the tools necessary to learn about computing and programming. It has a kind of "Geek Port" on it (a bit like the old BeBox did) where you can connect up all kinds of electronic breadboards (homebrew or shop-bought) and you can use the Pi to interface with these things. Car-PC guys have been going nuts over the Pi, for instance.

My own Pi is for Samba4 - I currently have an old budget AMD-powered box that used for running Win2003 server to provide Active Directory, file/print, and some SNMP polling for my Cisco routers (via Cacti) - it is basically idle, yet draws a lot more power than the Pi does, and takes up a hell of a lot more space than the Pi does, and makes a lot more noise than the Pi does. I shut that server down every night because it's too wasteful of electricity - not so the Pi, so I'll also be installing a TACACS and RADIUS server on it so I can teach myself about those technologies. I am also using this as a way to teach myself about Linux as I've never really had much success with it so far. It seems to be quite a capable little machine - the processor isn't as powerful as the one in my old Win2K3 box but it doesn't need to be in order to get the job done.

Re:What do they do? (3, Informative)

spire3661 (1038968) | about a year ago | (#42533179)

I deployed one as a webserver at my in-laws. My father-in-law is a psychologist with a small but lucrative client base. He currently has a website running on a host from netsol @ $140/year. I looked at his metrics and he gets a hit a day if hes lucky. I dropped his website on the raspberry pi and am serving it from his house under a different URL. If the site holds up after a year, ill move the domain over to his house server and save $140/year. While not a killer app, it exposes a real world use case. I think that you wont find a 'killer app', but rather a huge range of special use cases.

URL (4, Funny)

Frankie70 (803801) | about a year ago | (#42533277)

. If the site holds up after a year, ill move the domain over to his house server and save $140/year

Can you post the URL of your F-I-L's website?

Re:URL (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about a year ago | (#42533387)

I would rather not, sorry. I havent done any security review at all, yet. Its a simple static site with several pages, HTML only, nothing dynamic at all. IM using lighttpd as the webserver.

Slashdot effect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533763)

It flew over your head.

Re:URL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533801)

. If the site holds up after a year, ill move the domain over to his house server and save $140/year

Can you post the URL of your F-I-L's website?

If he's a psychologist with a lucrative client base, my guess would be this one [richandcrazy.com].

Re:What do they do? (1)

ediron2 (246908) | about a year ago | (#42534333)

A: $140?! At near-zero bandwidth, unless storage is large (i.e., you're storing 10+ gigs of data on the site for public access), find a cheaper provider. Asmallorange's lowest plan is a few bucks per month. Amazon's cloud stuff may be almost free, too, based on a hit/day metric.
B: I'd presume FIL is writing off the expense, so real after-tax cost is down roughly a third from there. $30 bucks becomes $20.
C: With domain registration, you'll still end up having some cost. Back up to $30.
D: If all you get is a hit a day, focus on correct info on various high-scoring results: (yourstate) (your name) (your specialty). Don't obsess, but think about it occasionally.
E: 9/10ths of local advertising mechanisms that are begging (BEGGING!) for your business will create little web-presence improvements free with any ad purchased. Instead of considering $140 a year expensive (!), do little PR things: clean up or add data for local-hospital / local/state registries / WebMD / yelp / yellow page / local newspaper / chamber of commerce presence. Analyze where clients come from, and do 80/20 effort on the sure stuff and the stuff I just mentioned - The ROI for small psych practices might be negligible, but he WILL pick up clients based on people stumbling across his name in these places, or by recommendations.
F: look at his home broadband contract: running a server from there could get DOS'd by the ISP noticing him, could get a price increase for violation of a 'no hosting' clause, and could just get DOS'd because the ISP doesn't notice him: my self-administered exim server got to be too much of a PITA eventually, with my ISP doing random things to silence rogue spam daemons.

Having said that, I'm also running tiny sites or daemons from a wrt54g, from a few Amahi servers, a Shiva (and have friends doing everyhting from FREESCO to PWNIE to RPi). Rock on. Just recognize that $140 a year isn't a good business motive.

Re:What do they do? (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about a year ago | (#42534503)

A. Hes not a good business man, but a great Dr. He is also 70+ years old and his practice is winding down. I have offered help with SEO etc, but hes not interested.

B. He has no budget, no writes offs, pro-bono accountant (/wrists)

C. He has an office with a business connection, i plan on moving the device to the business connection when/if i take it live. As of now, the only person hitting the site at his house is me.

D. I realize i could get a better deal on hosting, but keep in mind all my work on this is pro-bono and I went with something quick and dirty.

E. The whole idea was to prove it could be done for our use-case, was never about the money in and of itself.

F. Thank you for your insight.

Re:What do they do? (1)

sisukapalli1 (471175) | about a year ago | (#42533183)

I've set it up as a gateway into my home network (low power, can leave it on, no spinning disks), and not worry about needing it for something else... Runs all the basic stuff, ssh, wordpress, and I have it on a screen with things like emacs loaded.

It doesn't do anything that bigger computers can't, so, unless the form factor issues are critical, there aren't many killer apps.

Re:What do they do? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533189)

I'm wondering what people are actually using the Pi's for.

First, half a million of these will build a decent sized Beowulf cluster. What you'd do with that all depends on what type of super villan you are.

Re:What do they do? (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#42533195)

I'm wondering what people are actually using the Pi's for. I haven't heard of the killer app to run on these things yet.

That's up to you to decide. It's a hacking platform.

Re:What do they do? (3, Interesting)

Hrshgn (595514) | about a year ago | (#42533211)

Mine is controlling the heating system in my house using FHEM [fhem.de]. It replaces an old notebook which was previously doing the same job.

The sky's the limit, except for USB (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533301)

The Raspberry Pi doesn't need a killer app. It's a general purpose computer, so you can do pretty much anything you want with it, up to a point.

The main problem with the Raspberry Pi is that it has an extremely limited USB controller within its Broadcom BCM2835 device hardware. It's so limited that many applications requiring USB simply fail to work at all. When it fails, the entire USB chain and the networking system collapses.

Unfortunately this problem is not something that can be fixed any time soon, if ever. The BCM2835 was never designed to be used this way, so by selecting this particular Broadcom chip the Raspberry Pi was effectively designed with a built-in hardware fault.

Does this mean it's useless? Absolutely not! If your application can stay clear of the USB issues, you have a very nice little ARM board for next to no money. Test it first and you'll be fine. If your USB and networking collapses, well, you only lost $35, and you can still use it for something less demanding of USB.

Re:What do they do? (1)

chill (34294) | about a year ago | (#42533381)

I'm wanting one for XBMC. Specifically http://openelec.tv/ [openelec.tv], which has a RaspPi build.

Once someone gets one in stock, I'll order one. Three more if they work as advertised. It looks perfect, combined with one of these [adafruit.com].

Re:What do they do? (1)

samkass (174571) | about a year ago | (#42533817)

Just order it from Element14 and get on the waitlist. They get stock every few days and fill their backorder first. You'll probably have it in 2 weeks or less.

Re:What do they do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42534053)

MCM Electronics: http://www.mcmelectronics.com/content/en-US/raspberry-pi

In stock now. Got mine from there in a week or so.

Re:What do they do? (4, Interesting)

slim (1652) | about a year ago | (#42533441)

It runs Linux. It can do anything Linux can do, as long as you can live with somewhat limited RAM and CPU speed.

I added a USB hard drive to mine, grabbed a SqueezePlug SD card image, and I'm using it as the MP3 server for my Squeezebox audio players. SqueezePlug started as a bundle of Debian + Logitech Media Server built for PogoPlugs, then also various NAS devices. The Raspberry Pi turned out to be such perfect hardware for the purpose, that the developer has dropped support for other devices.

Prior to that, I left my Mac Mini up 24/7 running Logitech Media Server. It would leak memory and leave the OSX desktop unusable. The Pi uses less power, it's easier to admin, and it's silent.

I do feel I should experiment with other uses -- mine has never had a mouse, keyboard or monitor connected. Just a USB hard disk and ethernet.

Re:What do they do? (2)

slim (1652) | about a year ago | (#42533507)

Also, a 5MP camera addon is imminent. I'll be sorely tempted to get another Pi for some low budget Kite Aerial Photography. Just set it to take a photo every 10 seconds, and launch it.

Re:What do they do? (1)

highvista63 (587404) | about a year ago | (#42533605)

I use mine to run the Logitech Media Server software to serve out my music from a USB flash drive to my Squeezebox Boom, Touch, and Radio. It's wonderful to have such a low-power solution to an always-on service.

Re:What do they do? (4, Insightful)

Patch86 (1465427) | about a year ago | (#42534083)

Depends on what you consider to be a "killer app" I suppose. I have mine running Debian as a very cheap, very low power-draw "always on" computer for my home network, to mastermind a few background tasks, run a few low intensity "server" applications, and to act as an SSH-able gateway to my home network. You wouldn't be able to find much better for that sort of task for $35.

I've also used mine to run RISC OS 5, which runs beautifully on it. For anyone nostalgic for that old system, there is no better way to put together a fully functioning replica of your old Acorn boxes using modern hardware.

Really though, it's not about "killer apps". As sibling posters have said, it's about having computers so cheap that you can use them in any old hobby project, regardless of how idle the project or how likely it is to accidentally destroy the hardware. If that doesn't appeal to you, it probably isn't worth buying one.

Vehicle management system. (2)

MachineShedFred (621896) | about a year ago | (#42534371)

I'm using one to build a vehicle management system for my rock crawler project. The platform is a 2nd generation Toyota 4Runner, which has a double-din dash opening that currently houses a broken CD player / tape deck combo.

It will house a 7" touchscreen display driven by the RPi, which will accept bluetooth A2DP audio (already have that working) and forward it to an amplifier, use a 3-axis gyro / accelerometer module to give vehicle positional and attitude data represented as a gimbaled graphic on the display, offline GPS navigation, and a "digital switchboard" for vehicle accessories like differential lockers, on-board air compressor, lights, etc. through an electrical relay control module.

Way more functional than your average in-dash navigation touchscreen thing from the car audio manufacturers, at half the price.

What do I do with one? (1)

NewWorldDan (899800) | about a year ago | (#42532803)

I got a Raspberry Pi for xmas. There was a point in my life where this would have been the coolest thing ever, but right now, I'm kind of wondering what to do with it. This is further complicated by the fact that the only HDMI display in the house is the living room TV.

About the only thing I've come up with is maybe putting XBMC on it so I can stream videos off my home server. However, that would require running some network cables to the TV first. Is there a decent WiFi adapter for this thing?

Re:What do I do with one? (1)

uncle slacky (1125953) | about a year ago | (#42532915)

Some of the various XBMC distros for the Pi have *limited* built-in wifi adapter support.

Personally I just installed XBMC (from a PPA) on top of standard Raspbian (which already supported my USB wifi adapter). As long as your adapter is supported by Debian, you should be OK doing this.

Re:What do I do with one? (2)

FuzzyDaddy (584528) | about a year ago | (#42533051)

I got one, hooked it up to a USB webcam, and set up a cron job to do time lapse photography. There's a utility to stitch together a bunch of stills into video, which you can actually run on the Pi itself.

Re:What do I do with one? (5, Informative)

heckler95 (1140369) | about a year ago | (#42533067)

Adafruit [adafruit.com] has a great series of lessons on how to get it setup and examples of some interesting uses. They also have a ton of useful accessories, cases, etc.

I've done a few Arduino-like experiments using their Pi Cobbler breakout board. I got mine to output status information (date/time, IP Address, network stats) and/or a twitter feed on a cheap 16x2 LCD display. With a cheap wifi dongle and one of those USB emergency cellphone chargers for power, it's completely independent of wires, so I'm thinking about adding some motors and maybe a few IR sensors to create a basic rover. Once you get the distro setup to auto-login and install TightVNC server and enable SSH, you just need to give it a network connection to control it remotely from a PC. I only hooked mine up to an HDMI TV once on first boot to get those things running. Now I just turn it on and wait for the IP to appear on the LCD display and SSH or VNC into it.

I agree that initially it was tough to come up with useful things to do with it, but the Adafruit tutorials went a long way toward inspiring me and walking me through the more mundane details of taking care of the basics (SSH, VNC, WiFi, etc.) so that you can focus on actually doing something cool with it. You can also search around for BeagleBone or Arduino + Ethernet Shield projects for ideas since the Pi can do most of what those can at a fraction of the price. Good luck!

Re:What do I do with one? (2)

spire3661 (1038968) | about a year ago | (#42533317)

No points so i just want to thank you for posting this. Adafruit is really pushing education right now, I have great respect for that woman.

Re:What do I do with one? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533071)

Media player seems to be the biggest general use.

I can see them becoming a kind of middle ground between an arduino and a full computer for people who need a bit of logic in their project but don't have the skills (or time to invest) in making their own boards / using something (relatively) lower level like an arduino. The low cost + low power usage means you can throw one of these things in and write your stuff in perl or python or whatever suits you.

Re:What do I do with one? (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | about a year ago | (#42533073)

Just get a wireless bridge and plug it into that. As a benefit, if you get one of those and a switch setup behind your living room TV you'll be able to get anything you want from that area connected to your home LAN without ever having to worry about purchasing separate wireless adapters.

Re:What do I do with one? (1)

serviscope_minor (664417) | about a year ago | (#42533119)

Well, it depends on what things you want to automate, really.

You could plug in any old 802.11b wifi adapter and drive the TV making it an information display of some sort. What do you like displayed? Current train timetable, weather forecast, news?

Rpi + old nokia cellphone and you interact with it via SMS or something. That will even work while the power is out / will draw much less power than leaving your internet connection on when you're out.

Make a time lapse video of something interesting, using an old webcam or controllable camera.


Re:What do I do with one? (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about a year ago | (#42533233)

I use a Tenda $10 wifi adapter and it works great, although SSH drops off a lot faster then wired.

Re:What do I do with one? (1)

gQuigs (913879) | about a year ago | (#42533285)

Lucky :).. I don't have any HDMI displays in the house.

I also got one for xmas. I may try using it as a headless always on server though. Although we are looking at buying a TV now... primarily so I can use my $35 Pi.

Re:What do I do with one? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533573)

It's a $ 1.50 problem. Female DVI to Male HDMI adapter use DVI monitor.

Re:What do I do with one? (1)

Grench (833454) | about a year ago | (#42533665)

Try using an HDMI-to-DVI cable; if you have a TV or monitor with a DVI input, this should allow your Pi to connect and get you going.

Headless all-in-one works sweet - mine spent about 3 hours connected to my TV, even had a keyboard and mouse - now it's headless. I installed VNC server (so X sessions are possible) and I use SSH to connect to it for command line configuration changes (99% of all interaction between me and the Pi come through a TeraTerm Pro SSH connection). Install Webmin on it too if you like, then you can work on it via a web browser.

As a music server (2)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | about a year ago | (#42533365)

For me, I've got a Raspberry Pi hooked up to an ODAC/O2 (audiophile DAC/amp) in a comfortable location for listening to music with headphones. Connected to Wifi, it reads the music from a NAS in another room and runs a mpd server controlled by my phone or tablet.

It's really nice to have a noiseless, compact music server that can be hidden away rather easily.

Re:As a music server (1)

NewWorldDan (899800) | about a year ago | (#42533449)

Good idea. I've got a whole house sound system that's not really being utilized. Right now, I just plug in my cell phone and use that as a music server. Thanks.

Re:As a music server (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42534123)

Any tips for getting USB audio out working? I've started researching before buying a DAC and it looks like a lot of people are having difficulty with this.

Re:As a music server (2)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | about a year ago | (#42534361)

The ODAC implements the UAC1 (USB Audio Class 1) interface and works without any drivers on all major OSes. Great pains were taken to maintain this property -- many higher-end DACs require a proprietary driver or use UAC2 which isn't supported everywhere.

For me it Just Worked (tm) on the Pi. Highly recommend it!

Re:What do I do with one? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533377)

I just received an edimax 150 from newegg...$10 and works perfectly with raspbmc. No external powered hub needed.

Re:What do I do with one? (1)

mprindle (198799) | about a year ago | (#42534799)

You can get an HDMI to SVGA/DVI/Display port converters for pretty cheap so you can hook it to any monitor you want. I also picked up a 802.11N 2.4Ghz WiFi adapter from AirLink for less than $10. I got both at Amazon.

Element14 is a stupid name (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42532807)

Since the primary element is a Raspberry Pie is carbon, they should have named the company Element12.

Re:Element14 is a stupid name (2)

LiENUS (207736) | about a year ago | (#42532897)

You don't think Silicon is an appropriate element for a technology company?

Re:Element14 is a stupid name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42532957)

More saddening is that if you google Element 14, the first search entry that appears is www.element14.com (the company) AND NOT a link to element 14 (Silicon) on a periodic table, or to a wikipedia article of the same.

In fact, the entire first page will be about Raspberry Pi, the first link to a periodic table is buried on page 2.

Re:Element14 is a stupid name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533129)

This won't be a problem for people who know how to use Google, though.

Re:Element14 is a stupid name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533113)

Uh, Element14 existed long before the Raspberry Pi Foundation...

Re:Element14 is a stupid name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533171)

Since the primary element is a Raspberry Pie is carbon, they should have named the company Element12.

Edible raspberries are mostly made of carbon (atomic number 6, ~12 g/mol).
Programmable raspberries are mostly made of silicon (atomic number 14, ~28 g/mol).

Re:Element14 is a stupid name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533647)

No. Edible raspberries are made mostly of Oxygen and Hydrogen. Raspberries are 87% water.

Re:Element14 is a stupid name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533201)

No, what they should have done is left the name as Farnell instead of embarking on a idiotic and pointless rebranding exercise.

How many have actually shipped? (1)

Luthair (847766) | about a year ago | (#42533015)

Zing! Too soon?

Re:How many have actually shipped? (1)

gabereiser (1662967) | about a year ago | (#42533069)

i own 5 of these, 2 first edition Model B's (256m ram) and 3 second edition Model B's (512mb ram)... So yes, they do ship and ship often... The wait time is usually 2-4 weeks if backordered..

Re:How many have actually shipped? (1)

chill (34294) | about a year ago | (#42533469)

Who has these in stock for U.S. delivery?

Re:How many have actually shipped? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533127)

i've had 2 Pi's shipped to my place... i dont know how they do it but the damn thing is at my door 24 hours after i press the "Purchase" button ... and im about 1500KM from the state of Georgia (where they originate from). and im in Canada... so in 24 hours that thing gets into 4 flights, passes customs and into a UPS truck right to my door.

simply incredible... so i dont do jokes about their shipping anymore, the logistics are mind boggling.

Raspberry Pi = Awesome (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533193)

So many uses so little time. I love my Pi, and am planning on buying one or two more.

  It has programmable pins !!! which can be used to switch relay s and control electronics, no weird usb breakout box needed. If you end up frying it, your only out $35 or $25.

It is an amazing video player, pushes 1080p H264&MPEG2, with Dolby digital without a sweat (mpeg2 license cost about $2). Run XMBC on it and you can control it with the TVs remote, The best support of CEC I have ever seen. I am in the process of using mine as a dvr.

It takes only 2 watts to power!! Perfect server for a low traffic website. Cheap to keep running 24/7. Plus its completely solid state so no fan issues, no noise.

True there are other options out there for all of this, but none of them have the wealth of documentation, or community support that the Pi has.

High Demand, short supply (1)

Striikerr (798526) | about a year ago | (#42533243)

A Raspberry Pi was on my son's Christmas list for 2012 and they were sold out from the primary vendors. Instead I had to buy one from an Amazon Marketplace seller at 2x the cost. Some folks made some good money by buying them up and reselling them with a 100% markup. I don't begrudge them, I paid my money and got it for my son, along with all of the other components needed to make good use of it. It's an amazing piece of kit for anyone who wants to play around with it. As mentioned, it's cheap and can be used in a variety of ways. People are very creative and I can't wait to see what they do with these..

Re:High Demand, short supply (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year ago | (#42533919)

MCM electronics had them in stock from Nov24 to today.. did you really look at all the vendors? 4 days before christmas I bought 2 of them.

too bad they fucked up the layout of I/O (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533627)

I hope the layout of input/output will be rethinked for version 2.
Why the hell where the IO ports splitted all around the faces ?
You can't seal it in a wall and/or cases are harder to design.

hdmi should be with rca + audio on the same (main) side (with USB).
leds should be closer of the side...

Re:too bad they fucked up the layout of I/O (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year ago | (#42533909)

"You can't seal it in a wall"

Why? I can seal them in the wall just fine.

A million techies capable of Linux development? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42533643)

...or is there some other way to interpret this?

I'd like to think that there are this many highly qualified techies
who are capable of working with RPi, but experience makes me
have some doubts.

But still no..... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year ago | (#42533893)

A board. I need a rasberry Pi A. I also want a higher horsepower version.. I have been using the A13 based olimex boards that overclock to 1.6ghz nicely (1.8 if you add a heatsink) to do a LOT more than the RasPi's do for higher power projects.

Anyone using this as a MythTV frontend? (2)

jbr439 (214107) | about a year ago | (#42534113)

I see people successfully using Raspberry Pi as a xbmc box. I'm wondering if anyone is using it as a MythTV frontend?

Cubieboard (2, Interesting)

MSG (12810) | about a year ago | (#42534329)

Funny thing, I ordered a cubieboard this morning before this story was posted:
http://cubieboard.org/ [cubieboard.org]

Two of my roommates have RPis. One of them has two of them. I watched them both struggle with the RPi units when they were first setting them up. Those things are god awful. Graphics requires a binary blob, and the USB power source causes a lot of stability problems. Since the Ethernet is attached by USB, this normally manifests by the Ethernet dropping off, the kernel spewing messages about it, and the whole system reduced to a grinding mess as syslogd tries to write all that noise to the SD card. Running off of USB power is just ridiculous.

The cubieboard is 2x as fast, has 2-4x the memory, a SATA port, and Ethernet on the SoC rather than via USB. And, since it doesn't power off of a USB port I expect it to be a lot more stable. Most importantly to me: it doesn't require a binary blob for standard graphics.

How can they not know? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42534377)

The Foundation receives a royalty for every Pi manufactured.

Have they received SO MUCH cash that its just lying around in bundles?

Running my PI as an Asterisk PBX (1)

mprindle (198799) | about a year ago | (#42534661)

Got my PI Monday and got it setup with Asterisk 11 and FreePBX 3 beta. The site raspberry-asterisk.org has a prebuilt image and from there you can easily update to the latest versions. This is going to be mainly for testing/playing at home, but I may deploy one to setup a small 4 DID/10 extenstion FreePBX install to supplement an old POTS pbx.

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