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Fedora running on the ARM Based Raspberry Pi $25 Computer - This 8-Bit Life

Leland Flynn

An early prototypre of the Raspberry Pi sporting a camera.

For those of you that don’t already know, the Raspberry Pi is a project that aims to bring to market a competent $25 computer. That is to say a device that can do basic computing tasks for a very, very reasonable price. Something like this could really help many developing countries as devices like this would be very inexpensive to mass-produce, consume very little power, and handle most day-to-day tasks like office work and even operate as a thin-client. One of my big hopes for playing around with these once they’re released is to get a bunch of them together and create a beowulf cluster. I’m really excited about this project and have been for quite some time! Stay tuned to their website for more info on the release but, for now enjoy these videos demonstrating this awesome little guy.

p.s. I thought I’d go ahead and drop in the specs of this guy so you can get an idea of why I’m having such a nerdgasm.

Provisional specification

  • 700MHz ARM11
  • 128MB or 256MB of SDRAM
  • OpenGL ES 2.0
  • 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
  • Composite and HDMI video output
  • USB 2.0
  • SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
  • General-purpose I/O
  • Optional integrated 2-port USB hub and 10/100 Ethernet controller
  • Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)


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