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Raspberry Pi: the modder's dream machine?

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Gareth Halfacree 1st February 2012, 14:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Not to bring back a old cow, but.... can it play Crysis?

:D
In all seriousness, if OnLive ported its Android app (which is already working on ARM processors, albeit ARMv7) it probably could. For values of 'play' that include 'farm out the heavy lifting to a data centre and display the result,' anyway.
Ending Credits 1st February 2012, 15:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
In all seriousness, if OnLive ported its Android app (which is already working on ARM processors, albeit ARMv7) it probably could. For values of 'play' that include 'farm out the heavy lifting to a data centre and display the result,' anyway.

Raspberry Pi + Splashtop + High end gaming rig = ????
wuyanxu 28th February 2012, 14:25 Quote
possible RaspberryPi first batch release tomorrow:
http://hexus.net/tech/news/systems/35881-raspberry-pi-announcement-likely-release-tomorrow/

are you going to get up at 6am to go for 1st batch?
goldstar0011 28th February 2012, 14:32 Quote
Get up,
buy 1,
go back to bed,
wake up,
hope that I got up and it wasn't a dream
BLC 28th February 2012, 14:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
possible RaspberryPi first batch release tomorrow:
http://hexus.net/tech/news/systems/35881-raspberry-pi-announcement-likely-release-tomorrow/

are you going to get up at 6am to go for 1st batch?

Hell. Yes.

Baited breath is a complete understatement. I already get up at 6am, so 15/30 minutes earlier will not bother me.
Unicorn 28th February 2012, 16:01 Quote
[Churchill Dog]Ouhhhhh Yess[/Churchill Dog]

It's finally happening :D
faugusztin 28th February 2012, 16:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by goldstar0011
Get up,
buy 1,
go back to bed,
wake up,
hope that I got up and it wasn't a dream

I think it will be like this :

Get up,
notice website is down because of the DDoS (aka everyone refreshes the pages to get one before it goes out of the stock)
sit behind the computer until 8AM, when you finally finish the order you started at 6:30AM when the slow site finally came back
get a message that item is out of stock

:D
Picarro 28th February 2012, 16:17 Quote
Oh HELL YES! I am SO getting one of these with the XBMC install.
debs3759 28th February 2012, 19:23 Quote
Damn, I can't get up that early. Guess I'll just stay up all night and do some benchmarking instead :)
BLC 28th February 2012, 20:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Unicorn
It's finally happening :D

It's come an awful long way since the very first video I saw with David Braben last year, and even further from their first ever prototype of a $25 computer...

For what it's worth, I'm rather glad that they ditched the USB stick form factor; the current layout is far easier for connecting peripherals.
BLC 29th February 2012, 10:30 Quote
I've been up since 0540 to follow the launch, so for those interested...

The Pi was officially launched today, along with an announcement that the foundation have secured manufacturing deals with both RS Components and Farnell. This means that they are no longer limited to batched production runs of 10,000 units at a time. Units can now be manufactured to order, based on demand. Which is pretty awesome. The Model A, which is not on sale until later this year, also received a spec bump: the memory has been doubled to 256MB at no extra cost.

Both Farnell and RS started selling the first batch of 10,000 units today. Farnell sold out pretty quickly, but are now accepting pre-orders. I've read that they will be able to meet these pre-orders within 16 days, and the foundation confirmed this over twitter. RS were asking people to register interest, rather than hosting a normal product sales page. It is believed that this is so that they can limit sales to 1 per customer, as per the agreement; it has been reported that Farnell were allowing sales of more than 1 unit per customer. The last I read, the foundation were trying to get hold of their contacts at RS to confirm the situation.

The RS site seems to be OK at the moment, but the Farnell site is still melting. I did manage to dig out the link to the Farnell product page, however: http://uk.farnell.com/raspberry-pi/raspbrry-pcba/sbc-raspberry-pi-model-b/dp/2081185.

So. Mad dash over. I actually managed to register on the RS site not long after 6am this morning - hopefully I'll be one of the few that actually manages to get one of the first batch of units from RS. Even if I don't though, the manufacturing deal means that I probably won't have to wait long.
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Originally Posted by faugusztin
I think it will be like this :

Get up,
notice website is down because of the DDoS (aka everyone refreshes the pages to get one before it goes out of the stock)
sit behind the computer until 8AM, when you finally finish the order you started at 6:30AM when the slow site finally came back
get a message that item is out of stock

:D

Spot on! ;)
faugusztin 29th February 2012, 10:37 Quote
Unfortunately international orders are pretty much nonexistent.

Wikipedia says :
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The official Raspberry Pi Twitter reported that Premier Farnell sold out within a few minutes of the initial launch, whilst RS Components will ship to the UK only.
BLC 29th February 2012, 10:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by faugusztin
Unfortunately international orders are pretty much nonexistent.

Farnell and RS are able to ship internationally; that was part of the reason for going with a distributor, as it should cut down on shipping costs (as opposed to all units being delivered to the UK then shipped abroad). But I don't think you're alone in having difficulty today...

To be honest, if I haven't secured one from RS, I think I'm going to let the hype die down a little before pre-ordering... Now that they aren't limited to production runs of 10,000 at a time, it should be far easier to meet demand.

EDIT: Ah, ok. Didn't see the Wikipedia bit. I think I'll wait and see what information the foundation manages to get out of RS - they are supposed to be shipping internationally, and there was no suggestion before this point that RS would only ship to the UK. I think both distributors vastly underestimated demand.
faugusztin 29th February 2012, 10:59 Quote
Farnell is shipping internationally, but they are sold out. RS is shipping internationaly, but not for end users - which equals to no international orders for majority of users. Sure, shops could order from RS and this way we could call what RS does "international sales", but for now, it equals to no international orders.
steveo_mcg 29th February 2012, 11:06 Quote
There seem to be a lot of angry geeks regarding this launch. Not folk on here just round the web, people really need to calm down a bit, it is just a computer, bloody cool but just a computer. Within a month Farnnell and RS will have their supply chain sorted and this will be a distant memory.

Although with my angry geek hat on, neither are particularly good partners for the "enthusiast" earlly adopter community they'll be fine for schools etc i suppose. . RS can get arsy if your not a company, though I've ordered from them before. Farnell have a pretty high minimum order (£20) fine for the Model B but it'll be a restriction for single order model A's


@BLC, thanks for the summary, I didn't think getting up early would bear fruit. Sorry.
BLC 29th February 2012, 11:12 Quote
I'm going to be keeping my eye on this today and see what the Raspberry Pi foundation has to say. As far as what has been announced, there should be no restrictions on who RS will ship to:

"Both Premier Farnell and RS Components have worldwide distribution networks, so wherever you are in the world, you will be able to buy from a local distributor." (http://raspberrypi.org/#licensed)
faugusztin 29th February 2012, 11:31 Quote
Sure, but :
http://uk.rs-online.com/web/ -> search for Raspberry Pi and you end up at http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi

Select Europe, Slovakia and you end up at : http://export.rsdelivers.com/ -> search for Raspberry Pi and you end up at http://export.rsdelivers.com/catalogue/search.aspx?query=raspberry%20pi = nothing.

So while RS probably has a "worldwide distribution network", they simply don't offer R-Pi anywhere else but UK.

That was my point when talking about RS. And well, Farnell website is still unreachable :D.
Jake123456 29th February 2012, 11:33 Quote
Awaiting for the next model to come out..
BLC 29th February 2012, 11:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jake123456
Awaiting for the next model to come out..

The next model will be the Model A; it will only have one USB port and no ethernet, but will be priced cheaper at $25.
Lord Badger 29th February 2012, 12:02 Quote
Was looking forward to ordering one of these when they were available, set my alarm and... slept through it, DOH!

Will be waiting for the next batch :)
steveo_mcg 29th February 2012, 12:15 Quote
Annnd the ebay Vultures are abound, £50 plus postage from one chap. I wonder if he even has stock...
BLC 29th February 2012, 12:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
Annnd the ebay Vultures are abound, £50 plus postage from one chap. I wonder if he even has stock...

Anyone selling them on eBay - or anywhere other than RS or Farnell - is either a fraudster or a ripoff merchant. Either they're selling something they don't have and will never send to you, or they're selling on a board that they have ordered at an inflated price.
goldstar0011 29th February 2012, 13:17 Quote
Stick with legit sellers to be safe, even is they ebay sellers are legit you'd be funding profiteers, Raspberry PI's will be available to all
Risky 29th February 2012, 14:33 Quote
I registered interest at RS as Farnell's site was down.

I've used farnell a lot in the past for fittings, switches and Papst fans back in the day.

Btw They said somewhere a future revision of the board will have standoff mounting points.
Gareth Halfacree 29th February 2012, 14:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Risky
Btw They said somewhere a future revision of the board will have standoff mounting points.
Somewhere? Eben said it right here. :p
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