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October 25, 2012 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

If you can't have your cake and eat it too - try some Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized (85.60mm x 56mm x 21mm) ARM GNU/Linux computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It's the minimal of Minimalist. Aside from being small, the purpose is to be inexpensive. They estimate it to sell for ~$35. That's pretty cheap!

At that price every kid on the planet (yeah, this planet) could have a computer. Wow, that could make a tremendous difference in the kinds of student we ultimately unleash on the workforce.

When you purchase a Raspberry Pi you get the Raspberry Pi Board itself. A power supply or SD cards are not included but can be purchased from the authorized distributors. You will be able to buy preloaded SD cards too. There are 2 models to choose from: Model A has 256Mb RAM, one USB port and no Ethernet connection. Model B has 512Mb RAM, 2 USB port and an Ethernet port.

Performance-wise, it's graphics capabilities are roughly equivalent to the first Xbox. Compared to a conventional computer, it runs similar to a 300MHz Pentium 2, with much, better graphics. It must boot from the SD card, but a USB HD can "take over" after the initial boot. You cannot boot without an SD card.

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