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Raspberry Pi: Rise of the $25 Computer

Raspberry Pi developers have created a computer designed to inspire a new generation of computer programmers but inexpensive enough to enable schools to give them to students for free.

The prototype could lead to $25 computers designed specifically for students. The system comes with a powerful processor, a memory card reader with 32 gigabytes of storage, a screen connector ready for HD graphics, and up to three USB ports for a keyboard and other accessories. The system also comes with open source software that can handle common Internet tasks, while providing tools for users to create programs and share their developments.

The developers were able to remove all of the more expensive parts of typical computing systems, such as the screen and keyboard, because these parts are usually already owned by users, according to Raspberry Pi's David Braben. He says the company estimates that the new devices could be given to every student in Britain in a particular grade for $24 million. The group hopes to partner with a corporation or nonprofit to fund the manufacturing, which would keep the computers free for the students.

From Christian Science Monitor
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