Raspberry Pi, a single board computer is now available for pre-order on the element14 site. It is a credit card-sized computer, that can be connected to a TV and lets you connect generic USB mouse, keyboard and even a monitor. The mini computer has been developed to improve the programming skills of children and has been selling since the day of its launch. It is capable of many tasks your PC does, such as spreadsheets, word-processing and also games. It can also handle high-definition videos. The computer is designed around a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC and includes ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 128 or 256 MB of RAM. Interestingly, for booting it relies on an SD card and doesn’t require an HDD or SSD and runs on Linux kernel operating system.
Two versions of the computer will be released dubbed Model A and Model B. The former will equip 128 MB RAM, one USB port and no Ethernet, while the latter will be integrated with 256MB RAM, two USB ports and a 10/100 Ethernet controller. Model A doesn’t feature an RJ45 Ethernet port, but can be connected to the network using the supplied USB Ethernet or Wi-Fi adapter. Generic keyboards and mice will also be compatible with the computer. Debian GNU/Linux, Iceweasel, Calligra Suite and Python are expected to be bundled with the Raspberry Pi. It isn't accompanied by a real-time clock, so the OS uses a network time server, or can ask the user for time information at boot time to get access to time and date info for file time and date stamping. This doesn’t mean that a real time clock (such as the DS1307) with battery backup cannot be added.
It is available for pre-order on the element14 website and is priced at Rs.2,350. Those who have pre-ordered the device will receive an e-mail about the delivery time and other details, while others can pen down their interests on the site and Raspberry will let you know when the units are available. The Model B Bundle with mouse, keyboard, Wi-Fi dongle, SD card reader and other accessories, likewise Plus Bundle and Accessory Pack will be made available soon.
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