[quote] When there is a fixed hardware specification to confine yourself to; you take it as a challenge. People will want to see how much they can get out of the device.[/quote]
I really hope that to be the case. The other side of the coin is that (128 or) 256MB/700MHz is already strong enough that the 4K-like challenge isn\'t there.
I think RasPi may have potential as the level of abstraction/power between Arduino and full x86 machines.
If the community manages to lower the GPIO barrier enough - Gert\'s IO board, the RasPi guys\'s Broadcomm contacts helping from the other side of the NDA wall - we will have the hardware foundations.
If we can
a) build a nice community (a lively #raspberrypi on freenode, posting http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=%23raspberrypi
all over the place),
b) standardize an IDE, or better a tutorial that can get you from unpacking a raspi, sd card, cables, to blinking a LED every time somebody tweets about Bieber
we can capture a huge portion of those schmucks like me that give up too easily
From there on we\'ll be the new device to be hated by the hipster part of hackaday. A large enough RasPi community means the optimizer-weenie subgroup may reach critical mass and we\'ll be able to enjoy raspidemos.org and the like
I\'m highly inclined to make the Bieber/second twitter LED indicator tutorial a reality if I get my hands on a board before the holidays. As simple and easy to follow as possible - unpack, grab sd, download iso from <url>, type this command to get it on the sd, boot raspi, sudo apt-get ipython + libs. Write this to get the proggie to print out \'blink\' every time someone posts a bieber-tweet. Connect these wires, leds, resistors there. Write this to change the program and start blinking yer real life LED!
But enough with the community bootstrapping daydreams. Let\'s get some useful data in this thread - can you point to some demo sites? I\'d love to see some examples, and tutorials would be awesome. For example, I still have no idea how to draw a damn circle in pure C