Yeah, this isn't about Ubuntu, but I wanted some opinions because you guys have steered me right in the past.
Since the Spring, I've been doing Arduino projects with the kids and they love it. Now my oldest wants to check out the raspberry pi.
Raspberry Pi's are cheap, right? Well sort of. You can get a Model A for $25, but of course you really want the Model B at $35. Then you need a power supply (ding!), an SD card (ding!), a wifi adapter (ding!), and a case (ding!). Of course to connect keyboard, mouse and wifi, you need a (powered) USB hub(ding!); and since our monitors are VGA, we'll need an HDMI-to-VGA adapter, but it needs to be one known to work with a Pi (because some don't, apparently) (oh yeah, ding!). Suddenly the $25 proposition is approaching a $100 proposition.
I work in IT, and have family that work in computer recycling, so we have no shortage of old PCs running (or capable of running) Linux (So, yeah, we already have XBMC on our TV PC, we already have a Debian server running this and that, etc.). I thought a Pi would be nice because of the small form factor and the GPIO connectors.
So, if there are any RPi enthusiasts reading, what do you think?
- Is there a cheap way to get up and running with the Pi, or am I right that it's going to take $50 - $60 in accessories to get going?
- Is there something really cool/educational we could be doing with the Pi that we can't do with a spare PC or an Arduino?
- Any other thoughts??