Last week the $35 Raspberry Pi computer went on sale, seeing strong demand and a total buyout of stock in under two hours. Those hoping to see the Linux machine hitting their doorsteps in the near future could be in for some disappointment: the Raspberry Pi foundation announced that it has suffered a production setback.
Raspberry Pi sold out in the UK in just two hours, and global buyers of the $35 computer also face a wait for their open-source PC with international sales also burning through the start-up's initial supplies. The Raspberry Pi Model B went up for grabs at element14 earlier, promptly running out and forcing would-be buyers to register their interest for the next batch.
The Raspberry Pi $35 open-source computer has gone on sale, and early demand for the incredibly capable mini-PC has already seen retail partner sites melt down under the stress. Announced back in 2011, as part of the $25 computer project, the $35 version is the more advanced "Model B" unit which has seemingly grabbed the attention of developers and tinkerers. Meanwhile, the $25 "Model A" version is going into production now.
The device you will soon be looking at is a $256 7-inch tablet running on a basic mobile version of Linux, and its name is Spark. The software user interface goes by the name Plasma Active and has been in the works for some months, ramping up to this point at which this tablet can bring the lovely functionality to the market with what we hope is a beta version of the Spark tablet. You'll find that the software experience looks familiar if you're used to using a Linux environment on your computer now, but that the tablet itself isn't all that impressive when it comes to hardware.
This little monster you see before you is essentially all you'll need to roll out on a couple of tens and a fiver - a computer for just $25. This is the Raspberry Pi, and after months and years of speaking about it behind the scenes, it's finally set to be released on the 20th of February. This device was originally supposed to be going on sale in December of 2011, but has now been officially announced by the creators to be coming out on the date announced, right here in the second month of 2012.
It has been a while since we talked about the Pandora handheld gaming system. The last mention of the device, which looks like a DS with a physical keyboard to me, was back in April of 2010. At the time, the shipments had been delayed by the massive volcano eruption in Iceland. If you still have a hankering for the open source gaming device, it will ship next month reports Pocketables.
There's Google TV, Apple TV, and now Canonical is working to bring us Ubuntu TV. Throughout the past couple months they've built a limited, skinned version of Ubuntu to the television. Like Google TV, it's built into the hardware. Updates can still be integrated over WiFi, and the TV connection will eventually offer a 'shared-screen' experience to iOS, Android, and Ubuntu devices.
We've spoken about the Raspberry Pi computer a few times before, earlier this year it seeming to get closer and closer to a real release: the time is now essentially set in stone, and the ultra-cheap PC is upon us: $25 for Linux on an ARM processor toting computer with USB, HDMI out, video and audio out, and an SD Card slot, coming this January! Can you imagine such a thing? Its creators have spoken again of this magical device as being available in the first month of 2012 with only tiny software and hardware testing required before that release date - joy!
In just the last twelve months, Linux Mint has surpassed Ubuntu as the most popular open source operating system on open source ranking website DistroWatch. Why, you ask? Perhaps because the latter has been looking with a new perspective on the user interface, and begun aiming at mobile platforms instead. However, note that Linux Mint is actually built on Ubuntu, so it has quite a few of Ubuntu's advantages while doing away with some of its shortcomings, and serving up a plethora of multimedia codecs.
The smartphone world is dominated by Apple and Android with Windows Phone playing a distant third and then all others far behind the top three. Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu Linux are now saying that they will be taking on the top three firms in the smartphones and smartTV realm with a version of its Linux software.
If you are a Linux fan, you will like this. The Linux kernel has been updated to version 3.1 and with the update comes some nice new features that will make Linux more usable for different things. Two main new features have been added to version 3.1 of the kernel that will give Linux geeks something new to play with.