Raspberry Pi Launched

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:45

Rasperry Pie

The eagerly anticipated Raspberry Pi computer has been released. If you haven't heard, it's a very cheap computer that's capable of doing things like streaming 1080p video flawlessly. It's targeted for the educational sector to give schools a cheap way to let kids learn things like programming. There are two models, Model A and Model B, but only Model B has been released. Model A should be coming soon, but they wanted to launch Model B first because there was a larger demand for that as it includes an Ethernet port and 2 USB ports. Right now software for it is pretty lacking, but there is a Debian root file system you can download for it and I have no doubt a lot more for it will be out soon. One of the best things, in my opinion, that it does is run Xbox Media Center, which is a wonderful media center application that plays all sorts of codecs for video files. With XBMC, Raspberry Pie is pretty much the cheapest home theater computer ever, and it still does some amazing things. How cheap is it, exactly? Well, for the Model B version, it's $35. If you want to buy it, you can do so here or here. Read the announcement here. Tech specs can be found here.