We see a lot of news about computers and prototypes and “world’s cheapest” flow through here, and a lot of time, it’s nothing more than smoke and mirrors. It’s nice, then, to see a promising project make definite strides toward completion, and the Raspberry Pi team did that this week with all new alpha boards for the upcoming release.
The current alpha boards are 20% larger than the final products will be – which, the team says, will be out sometime before the end of this year. In addition, they’ve decided to split the product line up in order to maintain the low cost – Model A will lack a USB 2.0 hub and Fast Ethernet (that’s 10/100) controller, and come with 128 megs of SDRAM. The Model B variant will come with the additional controllers and 256 MB of SDRAM, all “for a $5-10 additional cost.”
Raspberry Pi PCs will run a custom distribution of Linux, and are targeted at allowing anyone, anywhere, to get online and use a computer.