Raspberry Pi News Round-Up: 23 March 2012

023rd Mar 2012News

Hi guys,

If you’re like me and excited about the possibilities of the Raspberry Pi, you’ll be keeping tabs on all the Raspberry Pi related news and gossip. Sometimes, however, there aren’t enough hours in the day so I thought it might be useful if I shared all the latest goings-on in a weekly news round-up.

This is the first ‘Newsround’, and if it goes well and enough people benefit from it I’ll try and publish one every week :)

Raspberry Pi To Receive Memory Boost?

Pete Lomas, hardware designer at Raspberry Pi has suggested that future versions of the Pi may receive more memory than the current 256Mb. If you’ve read my article on the Raspberry Pi’s specs, you’ll know that the amount of onboard memory was a bit of a sticking point for me – especially as it is shared between the CPU and GPU.

He goes on to say that the cost of memory may make an upgrade difficult but it is something that they are looking into and they are going to assess demand before making a decision.

Check out the full Q&A with Pete on the official Raspberry Pi website.

Made in China

Speaking to TechRadar, Raspberry Pi Co-founder David Braben explained why manufacturing of the computer was not kept in the UK. Apparently it’s down to the UK’s antiquated tax system, whereby they would have to pay tax on the individual components imported into the country (for manufacturing) but don’t have to pay tax on the completed systems.

So, manufacturing abroad helps to keep costs down (and I imagine labour is cheaper as well).

A Charitable Case

ModMyPi, who have designed and are selling a case for the Raspberry Pi computer announced that they will be donating 5% of all their profits to the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Looking at the cases, there is a recess around the USB and RJ45 ports which may result in connection problems for some types of leads but I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions about that.

The cases are created using 3D printers and will be available at the beginning of April for around a tenner (£10).

Sky Pirates

Massive torrent website Pirate Bay has suggested that the Raspberry Pi could be used in flying drone server stations that hover in the sky. In their words:

With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war.

A rather innovative use for the computer :)

Ebenar

Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton, along with representatives from Farnell, will be hosting a webinar at the beginning of April to talk about and show you how to do stuff with the Raspberry Pi. Sign up for it here.

That’s all for today :)

Dan

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