Raspberry PI 2 on sale at $35 (not an advert :) )


#1

Let’s get the good stuff out of the way above the fold. Raspberry Pi 2 is now on sale for $35 (the same price as the existing Model B+), featuring:

A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance)
1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory)
Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1
Because it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as Microsoft Windows 10.

raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-2-on-sale/


#2

And grumble grumble here in the States Adafruit’s website is overloaded http://www.adafruit.com – I’ll take 4.

Very mixed feelings on the WIndows 10 thing though – like watching the kid next door grow up only to see them turning cheap tricks on a street corner…

bob k6rtm


#3

Of course this happens when I have another B+ being delivered today. I suspect there will be a long lead time anyways…


#4

They are out of stock…and charging $45?!


#5

Same here, got one on Wed and they did that… needless to say I’m not impressed but I’ll buy it eventually.


#6

I’ve got an old 256mb B that needs to taken out behind the barn and shot – it’s a pain to deal with. On the back-in-stock notification list for Adafruit for the Pi 2. I’ll bet on a week and a half.

But windows 10? I’d rather have herpes.

bob k6rtm


#7

While many people are probably not looking forward to Windows on a Pi, it would probably really help people get into developing if there wasn’t such a steep learning curve to get GPIO access.

I’d consider replacing the Arduino in my truck (accessory management system I built) but I don’t think the stability is there for on/off operations without clean shutdown.


#8

pretty beastly machine…plenty of computing power for piaware and other stuff


#9

I’ll be getting one to run planeplotter on so I can direct upload from the PI - hmm I’d better go read the required specs :wink:


#10

the only thing we now need is a REAL *nix pi version for VRS, and the pi is a beast !


#11

Ordered… now we wait.


#12

My decoder will still be faster! :stuck_out_tongue:


#13

Pity about the falling Australian dollar. :frowning:


#14

Damn you, Jankowski!!

Looking into a server now… my wife thanks you for draining our bank account…


#15

True! It’s the latest, greatest and fastest. Is it really necessary or will it offer any benefit with the standard PiAware?

I have an old unused Beaglebone Black which I have been thinking about trying, but just haven’t gotten around to it.


#16

Probably not, unless you live close to a very active airport – I run dump1090-mobility and PiAware on an early 256mb model B (overclocked to 900 MHz), and it runs just fine. I’ve stripped down the system image and thrown out all the desktop stuff, Apache2 and a lot more, and cut video memory back to 16mb to provide as much of that 256mb to applications.

(Historical note – I spent a number of years at Digital Equipment Corporation. We developed the first few versions of the VAX/VMS operating system on an 11/780 with a mighty TWO megabytes of memory! And that machine supported most of the software development team doing timesharing and supporting multiple batch streams! Disk storage was a few hundred megabytes.)

bob k6rtm


#17

For me it will be interesting to see how it handles VRS using mono. I want it to use the RTL but not sure how the micro SD will cope with the constant read/writing.


#18

$53AU Wiltronics. Already shipped so maybe late next week for delivery.


#19

It’s all virtual man!

As an aside, you’re going to beat my stats for today, maybe… I upgraded storage on my server and it wasn’t as smooth as I wanted it to be, then I had to (unrelated reasons I am sure) blow out the VM and reload it. Maybe I should make a backup this time? haha!