Thursday, January 05, 2012

Low Cost PC in 2012

Last year (2011), a new computer project called Rasberry Pi started to rise in the community news and it's gaining a big momentum as the economy crisis strucked everywhere, forcing people to tighten their expenses.

It's a tiny computer with ARM architecture which should cost you not more than USD 25 each. So cheap compared to any other vendor-based PC out there. They performed an auction for 10 boards at the end of last year and it has been sold out. Seems the antusiasm was quite high.

Even though it's a low-spec PC, it can handle such quite heavy game as well. Business Insider reported that a man is playing Quake 3 in 20 frames per second at a 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution

Several Linux distributions are looking forward to support ARM architecture, including Slackware. Slackware has it's own official ARM port called ARMedslack. Eric Hameleers and Stuart Winter (the maintainer of ARMedslack) is willing to tweak this port in order to be able to install on Rasberry Pi devices. Eric is now working to add Java support on ARM architecture by sending OpenJDK SlackBuild script which should be installable on ARM architecture as well.

For those interested about Rasberry Pi, please have a look on the video below