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Rasberry Pi Update
« on: March 31, 2012, 18:55:02 PM »
Here is the e-mail I got fro Farnells

I was originally told Mid April.  :o :o :o

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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2012, 12:32:29 PM »
I am itching at the feet still...
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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2012, 16:18:19 PM »
The first batch have gone out, they had an item about it on BBC look east yesterday, but I did not get mine so I guess that I will have to wait for the next shipment from Chineesland.

Waste of time getting up at 5;30 to try and order one. >:(

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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2012, 22:01:00 PM »
I got mine on Monday, luckily in the first batch.

Still, I can't help feeling it would have been much better if mine had gone to someone more helpful. For me, it's a slow process. The best distro is Debian Squeeze and although it's quite impressive, it is still a long way short of being fit for everyday computing. That's where hopefully the other early adopters are going to help out. Unfortunately I don't have the expertise and won't have much to offer.

It runs quite slowly at the moment. One of the main aims for developers seems to be to get XWindows to speak to the GPU directly, thus taking a load off of the processor, which is being hit quite hard when you try to do anything at the moment. There's only 256Mb of memory so it does take you back to the days when you had to be careful not to open too many programs. At the minute, if you do, it grinds to a halt or even crashes. It probably doesn't help that the graphic mode autodetect is a bit on the optimistic side, choosing 1080p when it would probably be better off choosing a lower resolution in the interests of performance. I will have to go down into the configuration files at some point to see if I can do it manually. Also sound isn't working - apparently I'm supposed to install alsa-lib, and I have libalsa installed ... the words "dependency hell" are going through my mind ...

If that all sounds horrendous, I have to say it's not, really - it's a solid start, with USB mouse and keyboard, and USB hard drive being detected, and XWindows all working straight from the disk image on SD card. Compared to the first time I installed RedHat 5, which took quite an effort just to get XWindows up and running, it's positively user-friendly. I've installed Synaptic now, and now that I've resized the root partition there's plenty of space for installing applications.

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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2012, 09:38:25 AM »
Nice one, not to sure when i will get mine.. but like you i dont really have anything in the way of development to offer so its best someone else has the early ones and i will grab one as and when.
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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2012, 16:09:57 PM »
Quote from: "Havantgottaclue"
I got mine on Monday, luckily in the first batch.

Still, I can't help feeling it would have been much better if mine had gone to someone more helpful. For me, it's a slow process. The best distro is Debian Squeeze and although it's quite impressive, it is still a long way short of being fit for everyday computing. That's where hopefully the other early adopters are going to help out. Unfortunately I don't have the expertise and won't have much to offer.

It runs quite slowly at the moment. One of the main aims for developers seems to be to get XWindows to speak to the GPU directly, thus taking a load off of the processor, which is being hit quite hard when you try to do anything at the moment. There's only 256Mb of memory so it does take you back to the days when you had to be careful not to open too many programs. At the minute, if you do, it grinds to a halt or even crashes. It probably doesn't help that the graphic mode autodetect is a bit on the optimistic side, choosing 1080p when it would probably be better off choosing a lower resolution in the interests of performance. I will have to go down into the configuration files at some point to see if I can do it manually. Also sound isn't working - apparently I'm supposed to install alsa-lib, and I have libalsa installed ... the words "dependency hell" are going through my mind ...

If that all sounds horrendous, I have to say it's not, really - it's a solid start, with USB mouse and keyboard, and USB hard drive being detected, and XWindows all working straight from the disk image on SD card. Compared to the first time I installed RedHat 5, which took quite an effort just to get XWindows up and running, it's positively user-friendly. I've installed Synaptic now, and now that I've resized the root partition there's plenty of space for installing applications.


Hmmmm Its sounds REALLY easy for kids to start coding on :o


well done though and keep us posted on how you are doing, looks like we will need your help soon.

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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2012, 10:02:56 AM »
Dear customer,

Having successfully passed its CE compliance testing, we can now confirm that your Raspberry Pi will be delivered in the week commencing 07/05/2012.

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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2012, 18:31:48 PM »
Anyone know what courier Farnell use?

Mine is due tomorrow.

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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2012, 18:32:39 PM »
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Anyone know what courier Farnell use?

Mine is due tomorrow.

I bet you can't wait!

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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2012, 19:12:58 PM »
Got a feeling that I wont be home to take delivery of the thing!

UPS by the looks of it!

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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2012, 19:15:00 PM »
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Got a feeling that I wont be home to take delivery of the thing!

UPS by the looks of it!

Always the way isn't it?

I was waiting on a parcel and it came today when I was in the bloody shower and didn't hear the door  >:(

Now I have to wait until Friday for redelivery  :'(

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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2012, 08:11:39 AM »
My Raspberry Pi was sent this morning  :D
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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2012, 16:56:36 PM »
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My Raspberry Pi was sent this morning  :D :D

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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2012, 21:28:40 PM »
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My Raspberry Pi was sent this morning  :D :D
Why, was there a problem with your first one?
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Re: Rasberry Pi Update
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2012, 08:14:59 AM »
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My Raspberry Pi was sent this morning  :D :D
Why, was there a problem with your first one?

Hi Jay, I had to use a hair dryer to boot the sd card!!!!

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