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Raspberry Pi Zero - A computer for $5!

 
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The Raspberry Pi is a popular small and cheap computer - I have a few of them myself (a Raspberry Pi model B, and 4 x a Raspberry Pi 2). They cost between $25 and $35. The hardware is comparable to what's in smartphones - an ARM processor and 1 GB RAM.

Now there's the Raspberry Pi Zero, a small version of the Raspberry Pi which costs only $5.

It has the same ARM CPU, but about 40% faster, as the original Raspberry Pi, and 512 MB RAM.

Are there any other people here who have an RPi? What are you using it for? And what do you think of the new RPi Zero?
 
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Jesper de Jong wrote:. . . Now there's the Raspberry Pi Zero, . . .

Not any more. I went on the RPi website and it told me earnestly

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Jesper de Jong wrote:
It has the same ARM CPU, but about 40% faster, as the original Raspberry Pi, and 512 MB RAM.



Boo ARM11! I like the wider selection of OS's supported by the Pi 2B

Jesper de Jong wrote:
Are there any other people here who have an RPi? What are you using it for? And what do you think of the new RPi Zero?



We have a few here at work that we use for network monitoring and I have one in my cube I use for a security camera. My sons also share one and they've been scratching the surface of programming in Python. I've been thinking about coming up with a simple project that uses the GIPO to do something (turn an LED on and off perhaps?) so they can see their program interfacing with the "real" world.
As for the Zero, I don't like the mini ports. The original Pi was great because I had everything I needed to get started. Now one has to buy extra dongles (must be taking a page from Apple!) to plug in fairly standard equipment. Other than that nitpick, I think it's great that computing power keeps getting smaller and cheaper. i have no doubt I'll be buying a handful and trying to come up with more projects...
 
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