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A RaspberryPi at Dawn!

29/02/2012 @ 6:00 am

Folks,

For those that know and have been waiting long in anticipation, the time is nigh!

Yae! Behold the time to be:

0600 29/02/2012 UTC


Thanks to Jason for the early heads-up.

For those needing a few more details or just for the curious, see:

Here’s hoping the sites can cope with whatever level of interest engulfs them at the allotted time!

Good luck for the first batch,

Cheers,
Martin

Details

Date:
29/02/2012
Time:
6:00 am
Event Category:

Venue

Raspberry Pi Store
http://www.raspberrypi.com/ United Kingdom

5 comments to A RaspberryPi at Dawn!

  • Martin L

    So…

    Who’s for a Raspberry?

    0550:

    http://www.raspberrypi.com/ shows:

    Down for Maintenance
    This store is currently unavailable. Please visit our main website at
    http://www.raspberrypi.org.

    And http://www.raspberrypi.org/ doesn’t respond…

    0556:

    http://www.raspberrypi.com/ shows:

    502 Bad Gateway
    nginx

    And http://www.raspberrypi.org/ gives “The connection was reset”

    0559:

    http://www.raspberrypi.com/ shows:

    Down for Maintenance
    This store is currently unavailable. Please visit our main website at
    http://www.raspberrypi.org.

    And http://www.raspberrypi.org/ doesn’t respond…

    0601:

    http://www.raspberrypi.org/ gives:

    The Raspberry Pi Launch

    We’ve temporarily changed to a static site, while we’re experiencing a very high level of traffic for the launch of the Raspberry Pi. The full site will return once traffic levels have subsided, hopefully later on today. …

    Although we are still waiting for units to arrive from China, you can start buying the Raspberry Pi today. We have entered into licensed manufacture partnerships with two British companies, Premier Farnell and RS Components. They’ll be manufacturing and distributing the devices on behalf of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and handling the distribution of our first batches as they arrive in the country. The Foundation continues to make a small profit from each Raspberry Pi sold, which we’ll be putting straight back into the charity. …

    And then:

    0602:

    http://uk.rs-online.com gives:

    Register here to express an interest in Raspberry Pi
    Raspberry Pi SBC

    http://uk.farnell.com/ gives only a “The connection was reset”

    0625 (approx):

    http://uk.rs-online.com gives: “The connection has timed out”

    http://uk.farnell.com/ gives only a “The connection was reset”

    0630:

    http://uk.rs-online.com gives: “The connection has timed out”

    http://uk.farnell.com/ gives:

    Site unavailable

    Our websites are currently unavailable whilst we perform a scheduled system upgrade. …

    With that, I’ll let the rest of the world battle it out…

    Looks like a friendly DDoS is in progress!… (As mentioned by Eben on the NLUG maillist, a more friensly move would have been to have given direct static links to let people list their interest rather than exacerbate the DDoS with server intensive searches…)

    Even though the first Raspberry Pi boards are not immediately available, the “licensed manufacture” means we should see a much more rapid ramp-up of Raspberry Pi availability. Also, the people making it all work can concentrate undisturbed on their next moves rather than be distracted by logistics issues.

    I managed to register my “interest in Raspberry Pi Raspberry Pi SBC” at the RS site before it became swamped. :-)

    And so the NLUG Raspberry Pi talk is still a “TBA” :-(

    Good luck to all others for their interest!

    Cheers,
    Martin

  • Martin L

    RasPi starts a new revolution?

    BBC News – Raspberry Pi faces challenge from Android-based rivals (Via Technologies “Android PC” – “APC”, and Rikomagic MK802)

    Also: Toms Hardware – VIA’s $49 Android-Based Mini-PC (APC 8750)

    Toms Hardware – PC-On-A-Stick Costs $74 (Rikomagic MK802)

    Liliputing – Mele A1000 is a $70 hackable, Linux-friendly ARM-based PC

    And a somewhat cautious review from H-Online: VIA launches “Android PC” mini ARM-based system

    …ARM systems like the APC [ARMv6 command set] are not well-suited for use as home servers or NAS substitutes, as they do not have any SATA ports and are usually equipped with just 10/100 Ethernet chips. Some ARM mini computers, like the Trim Slice, have SATA ports connected via Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and cannot manage even 30MB/s. Because of their comparatively modest computing power, their meagre RAM and their slow mass storage channels, these systems tend to feel slow when running standard Linux distributions.

    Their strengths only become apparent when running a slimmed down operating system, custom built for small embedded devices, like Android and its associated applications. …

     

    Here are a few RasPi notes from the RasPi Gentoo forum:

    Would be great to see if building with -mcpu=arm1176jzf-s with -mfpu=softfp gives an observable performance difference.

    Also/or set? -mfloat-abi=softfp -mtune=arm1136j-s -mtune=strongarm -mshort-load-bytes -malignment-traps -msoft-float

    Actually, for gentoo you should enable hardfp not softfp…

    See: gcc arm compiler options

    According to this page dev.gentoo.org/~armin76 – /chost.xml the processor used on the raspberry pi is ARMv6ZK subarchitecture so I’ve built using the CHOST armv6zk-unknown-linux-gnueabi. I’ve then recompiled the entire system using the the following CFLAGS -O2 -pipe -march=armv6zk -mtune=arm1176jzf-s -mfpu=vfp -mfloat-abi=hard

    There is now a armv6j_hardfp Gentoo stage3 online: uni-erlangen.de/pub – 6j_hardfp

    Bootable Gentoo with xfce4 as a window manager – Requires an 8GB card. The default username is ‘pi’, the default password ‘raspberry’. Manually start a GUI by typing ‘startxfce4′ after logging in. Use sudo for root.

    Bootable Gentoo image, this time containing xorg-server and the twm window manager on an 8GB SDHC.

    In /etc/make.conf:

    CFLAGS="-O2 -pipe -mcpu=arm1176jzf-s -mfpu=vfp -mfloat-abi=hard"
    CXXFLAGS="${CFLAGS}"
    CHOST="armv6j-hardfloat-linux-gnueabi"

    Remove “march-switch”

  • Martin L

    A summary of the software images (including Linux distros) available for the RasPi are given on:

    Operational Systems for Raspberry Pi models A and B

    Perhaps the smallest distro is OpenELEC which is tiny, fast, and turns the RasPi into a complete XBMC media center.

     

    An interesting and smaller ARM-based controller board is the mbed Microcontroller. However, note that the RasPi has at least a x7 speedup, x500 memory, and not to mention the extra connectivity and a graphics processor all included for lower cost :-)

     

    Further comments continued on A Raspberry Pi arrives!

  • Martin L

    And yet another ARM board joins the party from Rascal Micro:

    ARM board for Arduino shields

    The great success of the Arduino microcontroller platform is, among other things, based on its wealth of shields for different purposes – an advantage that is not available on many other platforms. The Rascal Micro promises to be very compatible with existing shields but offers much greater performance due to its ARM processor (AT91SAM9G20). The board also comes with a LAN interface and a web server…

    The Rascal is billed as “100% open source” with the board design available under a Creative Commons licence…

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