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Lobster
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Feb 2012, 04:12    Post_subject:  Puppi Raspberry Pi Hardware
Sub_title: the final countdown - BE THERE
 



Are you ready?

For the first time in Puppy's history we may get sufficient developers, testers and users to fully support a piece of specific hardware. We have had Puppy ready installed on a couple of x86 devices but they were quite pricey. It really all starts from the beginning again with the Raspberry Pi which uses an ARM processor Smile
http://puppylinux.org/wikka/PARM

After Pi we may repeat the experience with other ARM hardware Cool
Some of you will have received the following email:
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The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be making a big (and very positive) announcement that just might interest you at 0600h GMT on Wednesday 29 February 2012. Come to www.raspberrypi.org to find out what's going on.

Eben Upton
Executive Director, Raspberry Pi Foundation


Here is what Ebens wife Liz, says about the announcement:
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I'm not allowed to say what the announcement is for arcane contractual reasons (it's actually quite interesting – I'll explain when I can). But I *am* allowed to say that you will feel like a total a******e if you don't get out of bed in time.


I will be up by then. Shocked

Good luck to the Raspberrians
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Feb 2012, 05:22    Post_subject:  

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Feb 2012, 07:55    Post_subject:  

0600h GMT on Wednesday 29 February 2012

Haha Eben has to be a true Geek to be up that early.
May I guess it is a lottery? We send in our email addresses
and they draw a random one that get a RPi for free?
That would be cool to take part in. What else could it be?
I can always set an alarm on my SmartPhone? to wake me up?

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PostPosted: Tue 28 Feb 2012, 08:27    Post_subject:  

With any luck the news is they actually have 100,000 RPis, not 10,000!
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Feb 2012, 11:00    Post_subject:  

Perhaps they will sell the units for only $10 for keeping us waiting so long?
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Feb 2012, 12:10    Post_subject:  

Next wild guess. The Ten first buyers will get the software at no cost?
I mean the SD Card cost a lot does it not? What is the smallest one need
to get a OS going? How does these small SD card look like so one know
if one have them already. Those I have for my Sony Ericson and Nokia and
Huawei has also same name but I know there are bigger ones that are used
for slots in cardreaders? So those I have maybe is named MicroSD and
those for the slot in my Netbook is named just Sd card? Which one do they prefer?

Ooops I guess obe ccan use a kind of adapter to make a micro into a standard one?

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PostPosted: Tue 28 Feb 2012, 13:15    Post_subject:  

nooby

SD cards are not expensive.
Search for 2GB+sd+card on Google and you will see them available
from about $5 to about $15.
The price will vary by country and store but not by huge amounts.
I assume that 2GB should be more then enough for the PI.
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Feb 2012, 18:10    Post_subject:  

Yes I ahve maybe two such small MicroSD cards so that will be good.

But the interest is huge so most likely England and USA will buy all
of the RPi this batch. I hope they make more such later and not
stop with this one.

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PostPosted: Wed 29 Feb 2012, 02:27    Post_subject:  

Good news guys - they will be going volume after the first batch Smile
AND the model A (which has only one USB (wifi dongle possible?) and no Ethernet
now has 256 ram - that is the $25 one - cheap and plenty of ram for Puppy.

Were you up? Did you get through to the suppliers?
I was. Drinking the hard stuff - black tea and Buddhist mantras . . .
Seemed to have expressed an interest with one of the suppliers

Oh the countdown was fun Rolling Eyes
Old enough to know the climax does not last long . . . Wink

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PostPosted: Wed 29 Feb 2012, 03:36    Post_subject:  

Why don't they put the thing in a case? Hey, we don't care about Health & Safety. Wink

There is plenty of scope for consumerists to spend money on Raspberry PI accessories. A quick Google search reveals several companies eager to cash in.

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PostPosted: Wed 29 Feb 2012, 04:22    Post_subject:  

Lobster wrote:

Were you up? Did you get through to the suppliers?

Seemed to have expressed an interest with one of the suppliers


Yes, and me too - I "expressed an interest" with RS (Farnell seems to have crashed and then sold out very fast).

I am not happy because I still don't know if I will get one of the first batch Sad
Anyway ...

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PostPosted: Wed 29 Feb 2012, 07:39    Post_subject:  

Terryphi wrote:
Why don't they put the thing in a case?


It will be put in a clear plastic case by the time it gets into schools
for when the little dogs get their paws on it

Dr Upton (or Eben to use his Puppy name) and the Pi team are gonna now focus on
programming - which means getting them snakes ready - Python is their language of choice
We might wean them onto Vala/Genie Smile

Did not get a board?
http://www.osnews.com/story/25661/Raspberry_Pi_launch_turns_into_frenzy
Not the only one . . .
http://youtu.be/7mY5P8EwYUw

Incidentally I sent congratulation just before launch day on behalf of the Puppy Kennel

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PostPosted: Wed 29 Feb 2012, 07:44    Post_subject:  

Team Python FTW!

I am learning as fast as I can! The latest post on my blog is a little "hack your homework" thing for mean, media and mode.

My next task is to write a program that does multiplication using the grid method. Fun!

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PostPosted: Wed 29 Feb 2012, 09:08    Post_subject:  

antiloquax wrote:

I am learning as fast as I can!


Pi bundles are on the cards . . . cheap barebone ARM computers Smile
http://www.element14.com/community/groups/raspberry-pi
I know Puppys recycle, use their old hardware and generally turn any old
PC into a speed demon but this is just for fun . . .
I think I may have registered my interest twice now . . . Confused

Must have a lie down . . . and a sardine . . . Wink

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PostPosted: Wed 29 Feb 2012, 10:19    Post_subject:  

Hi,

started ordering at 6.00 GMT, took me more than 2 hours to finish (farnell).
Got a sales confirmation but no delivery date (they will tell me later). So I don't know, am I with the winners Very Happy or not Crying or Very sad .

It's hard to wait Confused ,
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