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The Raspberry Pi foundation is a registered UK charity working for the advancement of computer science in education in the UK and around the world.

They are currently developing a single board ARM based computer capable of running a full ARM linux distro – something a bit like a beagleboard.

Designed with the education market in mind. Raspberry Pi is aiming to produce a cheap, efficient and versatile computer with the aim of teaching programming to children, but expect the device to have many other uses in the developing and developed world

Two models will be available initially – Model A priced at $25 and Model B at $35 see specs below:

– 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)

I can think of a number of uses for such a cheap and capable device and will follow this project with great interest! The device is expected to be available in November this year!

Check out www.raspberrypi.org for more information!

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