I ordered the Raspberry Pi on element14 during early March right after element14 started taking pre-orders for the Raspberry Pi. For those of you who are not aware of Raspberry Pi:
What’s a Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
Raspberry pi is a tiny unix computer with GPIO exposed to interface with external hardware like sensors, microcontrollers, controller chips that can talk over standard serial, i2c, spi protocol etc. It has built-in ethernet interface to connect to the network, HDMI & Composite video output to connect to the tv, usb ports to connect to usb peripherals like mouse/keyboard, flash drive etc, dedicated port for a webcam etc. This is going to put a powerful device on the hobby community interested to design their own home automation, sensor network, robots etc. at the cost of $25/$35. The model B is priced at $35 and has two usb ports and 256MB of memory where the cheaper $25 version has one usb port and 128MB of memory.
Due to the overwhelming demand and delay in production, element14 had to delay the shipment multiple times which frustrated a lot of buyers like me. However, they finally shipped my order yesterday according their latest promise of processing any order placed before March 20, by June 14th.
So I guess it is time to learn some Unix programming.
I watched a great tutorial by Liam on YouTube on how to install debian linux using VirtualBox on windows and it got me up and running in about 10 minutes: