When the original Raspberry Pi came out, it could only run Raspbian on it. Raspbian is a free operating system based on Debian optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware. Then the Raspberry 2 came out, a bit more powerful with a quad-core Broadcom BCM2836 ARM v7 processor at 900MHz. Now, you can run Ubuntu Mate on it. Ubuntu has a project dedicated for Raspberry Pi 2. It’s still not powerful to run Ubuntu Unity desktop, but Ubuntu Mate works quite well on the Raspberry Pi 2.
Archives for December 2015
GoPro stock price skyrocketed by 16 percent after rumors of an Apple acquisition. Analysts are saying that GoPro will fit as a glove in Apple’s line of products. GoPro had a revenue of $400 million in the last quarter, and has a market capitalization of $2.6 billion. GPRO is currently at $93.85, an all-time high.
I headed over to Best Buy on the Thanksgiving Day at around 6pm. It was one hour after the store opened. The line was long, which made me hesitate at first, but but it was moving, so I decided to stay. Thirty minutes later, I was inside the store. I was looking for a great deal on a 40 inch TV. My first choice was already gone. I ended up with an Insignia 40 inch 1080p TV for $159. Here’s the link from Best Buy. It’s an LED TV running at 60Hz. It has two HDMI ports, and a USB port. I thought I got myself a great deal.
Last week, founder Eben Upton of the Pi Foundation announced the Raspberry Pi Model Zero. The tiny computer device which runs on Raspbian, a free and open-source OS based on Debian, will sell for $5.00. You can purchase it from Adafruit and other outlets.
Here are some specs:
- Processor: 1GHz Broadcomm BCM2835
- Memory: 512MB of RAM
- Storage: a user-supplied microSD
- GPIO: 26/40 unpopulated through-holes
- USB ports: USB On-the-Go…Micro USB
- Video Output: Composite video is available from 2 unpopulated pins.
- HDMI video is available from a mini HDMI port.