Re: Raspberry Pi?
- From: The Natural Philosopher <tnp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 02:43:00 +0000
J G Miller wrote:
On Thursday, January 12th, 2012, at 20:34:25h +0000, Whiskers wrote:
Teachers and parents whose only knowledge of computers comes from
the gutter press and the odd 'IT course' are paranoid about 'security'
and 'hacking' and 'piracy', so kids are positively discouraged from
'playing about' with computers.
But the vast majority are only interested in computers for games and
so called "social media" sites eg Bebo, Facebook, MySpace etc and
maybe downloading MP3s or buying iTunes.
I think at this point ou need to clearly differentiate between a 'computer' and something which is essentially a domestic appliance to connect to the internet and chat sites.
Only those with some curiousity and sufficient intelligence will be
motivated to experiment with something such as Raspberry Pi, and the
rest will complain,
"It does not run Windoze, and so I can't use it to join a Botnet."
I've sat (young) people down in front of my computer and they have no trouble getting on to facebook or google mail.
They don't even notice its running Linux.
If you can take a Raspberry Pi, stick a screen and keyboard on it, and make a web browser, it would sell in billions. That's all most people WANT. In short its simply an I phone without the badge and the markup,. functionality wise.
It would be ironic if an educational tool became the basis for a huge new industry...
....but want that where the ARM started?