Raspberry Pi interview: Eben Upton reveals all (Linux User)
Posted Mar 6, 2012 17:49 UTC (Tue) by jzbiciak
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Add up the price of purchasing those pieces and/or assembling them to the RPi and the Bone suddenly won't seem too bad.
To me, the Raspberry Pi is almost like the ZX81 of our generation -- just enough parts in it to call it a computer, and nothing more. But, to do anything useful, you need to start expanding it. But, the base system is cheap, cheap, cheap! Am I far off in this assessment?
How much do the things cost that you'll be connecting to either system? Presumably, you're connecting some form of input and some form of display. What happens when you apply an Amdahl's Law type of focus to the price of a complete, usable system, even if you didn't expand it with serial ports, JTAG, etc. and just stuck to, say, a keyboard, monitor and an SD card?
IIRC, a ZX81 wasn't that much less expensive than, say, a Commodore VIC-20 once you considered the price of a cassette recorder and TV to go with it, but their base retail prices had a similar ratio...
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