Some weeks ago I stumbled upon the Raspberry Pi on an IRC channel and thought it would be a good idea to publish an article in our students newspaper about this together with a friend of mine.

The Raspberry Pi is a USB-drive sized single-board computer made for educational purpose as in teaching children how to program and lots of ther stuff. There’ll be two versions of the computer, an A and a B version, sharing both an ARM11 CPU architecture with roundabout 700MHz (you can do a lot more things with 700MHz than you may guess, I used a 366MHz Laptop as my main laptop until like 2009 and it was sufficient for most of the things I did involving setting up networks and light programming tasks). The Raspberry Pi will use a SD-Card as its main storage so you don’t have to bother with mechanical disks at all.

Some projects I could imagine where the Raspberry Pi fits my needs:

  • displaying changes of our schools timetable on a monitor via HDMI.
  • as a cheapish weather cam for our schools climate projects.
  • actually as a part of computer studies, but wait, our school doesn’t offer those, so hypothetically it may be an awesome device for actually teaching kids how to code.
    • that it comes without a case is cool as well, since most devices like Smartphones and Tablets the majority of my classmates are using are awfully locked down, so one may get the gist of learning electronics tinkering with the RasPi!