RaspberryPi arrives!

While the cake may be a lie, the Rasperry Pi isn’t. My RasPi arrived today and it’s looking great.

The RasPi is a micro format computer with an ARM processor, such as can be found in smart phones and tablet computers. It has an HDMI output for FullHD video playback, a LAN-jack for network connection, two USB-ports and an SD card slot for primary storage. Its main advantage over similar micro computers is its size (see photo) and its price: only $35. Naturally, that does not include a SD card or a power supply, but most smart phone chargers (with a micro USB cable) can be used as a power supply, just as long as they have a 5V / 700mA output. My Pre3 charger works perfectly.

Here are the full specs:

SoC Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU, GPU, DSP, and SDRAM)
CPU: 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core (ARM11 family)
GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV, OpenGL ES 2.0, 1080p30 h.264/MPEG-4 AVC high-profile decoder
Memory (SDRAM): 256 Megabytes (MiB)
Video outputs: Composite RCA, HDMI
Audio outputs: 3.5 mm jack, HDMI
Onboard storage: SD, MMC, SDIO card slot
10/100 Ethernet RJ45 onboard network
Storage via SD/ MMC/ SDIO card slot

There’s a bunch of Linux distributions already adapted for the Raspberry Pi. Since the CPU is ARM based, Windows does not run on the Pi, but who needs Windows?

A wiki with lots of infos on how to start and programming examples can be found here.

I will start with Puppi, since I’ve got some experience with Puppy Linux. I will also try out the Debian based Raspbian which can run a nice Gnome 2 ( MATE) desktop and has lots of packages ready.

I will keep you updated with the results of my first tests.

First of all I’ll go and build a LEGO case – this design is definitely something I can improve!