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The first auctions are live!

You can bid for boards 10 and 09 by clicking on the links. I have just got back from an evening of New Year’s carousing, and I’m absolutely overwhelmed by the bids we’ve attracted already – thank you very, very much, everybody. We really weren’t expecting to see this level of interest, and we’re quite humbled by it. Inevitably, there has been a (pretty minimal, but still very aggravating) screw-up. Boards number 10 and 09 appear to be open to UK bidders only. This is not actually the case, but because I...

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Bringing up a beta board

Dom just sent me this video: he’s successfully brought up the beta board he’s working on, and things are looking great. He’s got a few demos going here, and alongside some other stuff, you’ll be able to see (hear) the Raspi’s sound working for what I think is the first time; on other occasions we haven’t been able to attach speakers for one reason and another. See that red wire on the top of the board? I’ve got lots more to tell you about that tomorrow (don’t worry, it’s not bad news), and...

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Pinout for GPIO connectors

I’ve winkled the details of the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pinout out of the hardware guys: no pretty pictures in this post, but a lovely information dump that those of you who solder for fun will enjoy getting your teeth into. Top row, left to right: 5V0 DNC GND TXD RXD GPIO1 DNC GPIO4 GPIO5 DNC GPIO6 SPI_CE0_N SPI_CE1_N Bottom row, left to right: 3V3 SDA0 SCL0 GPIO7 DNC GPIO0 GPIO2 GPIO3 DNC SPI_MOSI SPI_MISO SPI_SCLK DNC Notes: – all the UART, SPI and I2C pins can be reconfigured as GPIO if needed. – some of the...

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Where are my stickers?

Some of you may be wondering where your stickers have got to. After we ran out of the initial batch last week, we placed an order with our suppliers for a much larger batch, with a projected delivery date of this Wednesday. For reasons beyond our control, this has now slipped to this coming Monday. As a result, some people have now been waiting a week for us to fulfil their order, including a minority who ordered before we changed the product status from “in stock” to “pre-order”. We want your goodwill much more than...

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How we’re managing the first sales

An article in today’s www.geek.com suggested a couple of things – first, that we’re already producing units, and secondly, that we’re limiting sales to programmers only at first. Both of these appear to be the result of some horrible miscommunication (blame Eben; he’s very tired). To allay the obvious fears that some of you seem to have, if what’s currently happening in my inbox and on Twitter is anything to go by, I’ll copy and paste the clarification email Eben sent them here: Just seen the article....

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Video from Seneca College on Fedora, Raspberry Pi, open software and education

Our partners at Seneca College’s Centre for the Development of Open Technology in Canada made some video at the weekend while Eben was visiting. Lots here on what Raspberry Pi is all about, if you’re unfamiliar with the project. Eben talks about our thinking on open software, our aims for the Raspberry Pi, and just what we think people will be doing with the device; and Professor Chris Tyler from Seneca’s School of Information and Communications Technology talks about what open software means in education. The video is in HD...

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Video demo of the day: VNC on Raspberry Pi

Rob Hague, a good friend of the Raspberry Pi Foundation who has been hacking on an alpha board in his spare time, has a gorgeous little demo of VNC remote desktop running with the Raspberry Pi as a client. Rob’s blogged about it on his own website, so I won’t repeat what he has to say here – go and read it when you’ve watched the video. Rob sometimes posts on the message boards here as robhague, and you can reach him on Twitter or via his own website if you want to harangue him with any questions. Thanks Rob! It looks...

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Raspberry Pi on Newsnight tonight

Providing nothing spectacularly newsworthy happens between now and 10.30pm in the UK, tonight’s Newsnight on BBC2 will be talking about computing in schools. David Braben, one of our trustees, has been interviewed by the program, and some other friends of the Raspberry Pi foundation have been talking to them too (including Alex Evans of Media Molecule, who is one of the giant brains behind Little Big Planet, and was directly responsible for Eben and me meeting each other back when we were all at university together – although I...

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QML Particles demo videos

While you’re waiting for the logo contest results, here are some gorgeous demo videos from the Qt team to keep you busy. You get to see the Raspberry Pi decoding some very handsome stuff at 1380×768 as it generates and moves particles, as well as seeing the code it’s running while the demonstrator talks about the performance he’s seen from the board. Make sure you watch all of them – they just get better. Best of all, these demos just worked straight out of the box. Thanks again to the Qt team, especially...

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Video: QtQuickPlayground running on Raspberry Pi

Here’s some video to keep you interested while we busy ourselves sifting through a neck-deep pile of entries for the logo competition. This is QtQuickPlayground, an example application which demonstrates QtQuick, running under Mer. QtQuick is new to me (it probably is to you too, unless you’re intimate with the innards of your Nokia phone) – it allows the user to build UIs and apps, and here it’s running unaccelerated. The developers at Maemo say acceleration is their next job, but it’s still looking pretty...

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Video from Maker Faire

Many thanks to www.geek.com, who took this video (we got some too, but Eben prefers the angle they took theirs at, which doesn’t make him look as if the microphone is a really bad moustache). It’s pretty long at nearly 19 minutes, but we hope you watch at least a bit of it. It’s a demo presentation, where Eben shows Raspberry Pi running 1080p video, and the Quake 3 demo you’ve already seen here, alongside some talk about what the foundation’s doing, what the board does, and a Q&A session. It was really...

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Q&A with our hardware team

A few days ago, Ringo, a newly minted member of our forums, posted this: As an Electronics Engineer i’m interested with in the way the PCB has been routed and what constraints/difficulties you had during the layout process, try to fit everything on board (i’m not even refering to the updated credit card size which blows my mind how you guys can make it that small!!). I’m also interested in the power requirements and high speed digital routing (such as HDMI). Care to shed any light on this? Most of our technically inclined...

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Demo – Raspberry Pi running Quake 3

Here’s something to liven up your weekend: a video of the Raspberry Pi running Quake 3. We’re still working on ironing a few kinks out (specifically, there seems to be a library issue which means our framerate, while good, isn’t quite as spectacular as we know it can be; we’re working on it as I post this) – but this is what test boards are for, and we’re making great progress getting the boards running smoothly. I know some of our forum members are interested in building custom cases for your own Raspberry...