Just want to confirm that if I order the RaspberryPi, will the SD card be loaded with Python and the numerical/scientific libraries Numpy & Scipy? If so, I will order two boards.
I think the R-? decision to choose Python as the primary programming language is absolutely brilliant. I think R-? has the potential to do to Arduino what Arduino did to Parallax. I'm sure this is not the intent, but that may be the de-facto outcome.
My main criticism is lack of GPIO, PWM and ADCs. The leaflabs.com 32-bit Maple board includes 43 GPIOs (of which 15 are PWM outputs), 15 ADCs (12-bit resolution), and other peripherals. The upcoming 32-bit Arduino "Due" will have similar features. If the R-? had this kind of capability, even at twice its price, it would end Arduino and Arduino-like boards. Educators, students, scientists, tinkerers, hobbyists, etc. would benefit.
The Gertboard is disappointing - it's basically an 8-bit PIC microcontroller board. Gert should've used a Maple board or a beta Arduino "Due". Recommendation... try to emulate what LabJack.com has done. They have designed several DAQ (Data Acquisition) units and a Python library to enable users to process measured data through USB! No "serial" communication and awkward programming as with the Gertboard. With LabJacks, measured data is directly accessible with high level Python functions, no awkward serial strings! Here is their basic unit: (16 12-bit ADCs, 2 DACs, 2 Timers (for PWM, Quadrature input, etc.) and 4 GPIO):
Any future plans for ADCs directly on the RaspberryPi?