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Raspberry Pi Team Launches Pi Store

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the pay-and-play dept.

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sfcrazy writes "Raspberry Pi developer team has introduced the Pi store, a place to get software for Raspberry Pi, in collaboration with IndieCity and Velocix. The team hopes that the store will become a one-stop-shop for Raspbian Pi users. The store already has 23 major applications available for users including LibreOffice and Asterisk. There are classic games like Freeciv and OpenTTD and Raspberry Pi exclusive Iridium Rising. The team also managed to get 'one piece of commercial content: the excellent Storm in a Teacup from Cobra Mobile.'"

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91 comments

Wait, what?? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42314201)

I thought this was all about open source and stuff. Aren't these Apple Stores completely contrary to the spirit of OSS?

Re:Wait, what?? (0)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314297)

Yeah, there was me hoping this was a badly written article which had mistaken a repository for a store - but no:

The team also managed to get 'one piece of commercial content:

"Managed"? As if it's something to be proud of?

Re:Wait, what?? (4, Funny)

PPH (736903) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314327)

Where I used to work, using the verb "manage" was a sign of impending doom.

Re:Wait, what?? (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314533)

And by extension, I presume, so was the noun "manager."

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

PPH (736903) | about a year and a half ago | (#42317621)

manager, n; Bringer of doom. See: PHB.

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

crossword.bob (918209) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315109)

"As if it's something to be proud of"? As if it's something to be ashamed of?

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year and a half ago | (#42319539)

Yes, having money to pay the bills is something to be proud of.

Contrary to popular belief, never has a hippie commune contributed much to the world. Mostly because they end up with 3 people who contribute and 30k who leech.

What if no one paid for whatever product you are involved in selling and you had no job, how would that work out for you?

Why are you people so incredible dense when it comes to making money?

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

s73v3r (963317) | about a year and a half ago | (#42320139)

Is paying developers now something to be ashamed of?

Re:Wait, what?? (4, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314313)

It's not an Apple store. It's a Raspberry store. Furthermore, it's not a brick and mortar palace, but an online software repository. Besides, you're not locked in to using it, so no it is not completely contrary to the spirit of OSS. Anyone can "upload their own content for moderation and release".

Re:Wait, what?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42314325)

I thought this was all about open source and stuff. Aren't these Apple Stores completely contrary to the spirit of OSS?

Limiting what you can do is contrary to the spirit of open source, this is an addition to what you can do.

Re:Wait, what?? (5, Insightful)

Revotron (1115029) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314371)

Yes, because this absolutely, positively, most certainly prevents you from installing software from any other source.

Oh, wait, no it doesn't. All it does is allow you to download pre-compiled binaries from a central source. You are still able to pull the source code from the project and view/compile it yourself. So tell me, how does this violate the spirit of open source software? Or are you just inherently afraid of anything called an "App Store"?

Re:Wait, what?? (-1, Flamebait)

somersault (912633) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314495)

Nope, just another shill. Possibly a genuinely confused shill. It's funny watching them try to copy what your average Slashdotter says, while "subtly" introducing pro-MS, pro-Apple, pro-Facebook, anti-Google type messages..

Re:Wait, what?? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42314797)

The aspies is strong with this one.

Re:Wait, what?? (0)

somersault (912633) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315477)

Yes, marketing droid, aren't you hilarious? The fact that you don't have Aspergers clearly makes you a better person. Do you enjoy having to traipse through post after Aspie-ridden post, trying to come up with semi-relevant comments just so that you can earn your commission this month? Does it make you feel good that you have no profitable knowledge set other than proven effective methods of lying and trying to sway the opinion of weak-minded people?

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

madprof (4723) | about a year and a half ago | (#42318129)

You are not a very good troll. I have seen far better trolls than you.

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

somersault (912633) | about a year and a half ago | (#42318717)

I wasn't trolling, I was responding to a troll. I guess I shouldn't bite, but these shills are human too, and the way that they are spending their time is completely worthless to humanity.

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

madprof (4723) | about a year and a half ago | (#42320143)

Of course not. By the way, Windows 8 will be a success.
Apple make some great hardware, no matter what you say about them.
And Google are just cool.
Also McDonalds do not make your kids fat. (Your kids make themselves fat by eating at McDonalds)

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about a year and a half ago | (#42321687)

imagine of google and mcdonalds merged. mcgoogles?

everytime you stepped foot inside, they'd know what you ordered last time and they'd nag you (yet again) about getting your cellphone number.

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

somersault (912633) | about a year and a half ago | (#42323657)

Well actually if they just had a big burger and water from their preferred fast food place then they wouldn't get fat :p fries and a soda every day will get the majority of people pretty fat though.

And what I was doing wasn't trolling. It was more like "flamebait" if you want to rate it by the Slashdot moderation system. Trolling generally involves making someone thing that you believe something that you don't really believe (and I don't just mean sarcasm) rather than simply being angry. I stand by what I said.

Re:Wait, what?? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42314515)

Your comment draws the eyes to the wrong place. It seems to *actually* be emphasizing that it does. Here, I FTFY:

Yes, because this absolutely, positively, most certainly prevents you from installing software from any other source.

Oh, wait, no it doesn't. All it does is allow you to download pre-compiled binaries from a central source. You are still able to pull the source code from the project and view/compile it yourself. So tell me, how does this violate the spirit of open source software? Or are you just inherently afraid of anything called an "App Store"?

There, see how that draws your eyes to "no it doesn't", yet it's still easily lets your eyes find what you're talking about. Now people who read the comment won't be misled into thinking you're uninformed.

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315007)

Yes, because this absolutely, positively, most certainly prevents you from installing software from any other source. Oh, wait, no it doesn't. All it does is allow you to download pre-compiled binaries from a central source. You are still able to pull the source code from the project and view/compile it yourself. So tell me, how does this violate the spirit of open source software? Or are you just inherently afraid of anything called an "App Store"?

It reminds me more of the redhat rpm repo than one of the app stores for mobile devices.

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

s73v3r (963317) | about a year and a half ago | (#42320151)

In fact, for several things, it simply performs the apt commands to download it from there.

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

mrquagmire (2326560) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314453)

So? What's the problem? If you don't find what they're offering worth what they're asking for it, then don't buy it.

It's not like it's an Apple device that forces you to only use their app store.

Re: Wait, what?? (1)

Dupple (1016592) | about a year and a half ago | (#42316321)

That's true of the App Store for the phone, not so of the desktop/portable machines. You can still install from anywhere like the developers web site, open source mac repositories and physical meadia

Re: Wait, what?? (1)

NHSdev (2785785) | about a year and a half ago | (#42320081)

. . . At the moment yes but just wait till "Nutered Tom cat" comes out

Re:Wait, what?? (2, Informative)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314491)

I thought this was all about open source and stuff. Aren't these Apple Stores completely contrary to the spirit of OSS?

Then you are talking about freeware rather than open source.

Re:Wait, what?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42314567)

I thought this was all about open source and stuff. Aren't these Apple Stores completely contrary to the spirit of OSS?

The Raspberry Pi is not an EFF project. It is originally made to be a cheap computer for educational use. The target consumer was supposed to be schools.

The don't need and probably have no intention to spread your agenda. For them OSS is only means to an end.
Every step they take must not be in the direction of bringing you a cheap OSS HTPC.

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314947)

Neither calling something a store, nor charging money for software, is against the spirit of OSS. Perhaps you should read up on some of the actual objections to the App Store?

Re:Wait, what?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42315665)

you can charge for OSS, dont be a fucking idiot

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

Stewie241 (1035724) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315909)

In what way is he being an idiot? He is saying basically the same thing you are.

Re:Wait, what?? (4, Interesting)

itsdapead (734413) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315013)

I thought this was all about open source and stuff. Aren't these Apple Stores completely contrary to the spirit of OSS?

Yeah, but the Pi is all about getting kids to tweak and rewrite software, so unlike Apple they probably have a large, enticing "Get the source" button on every app...

Lets have a look.

Somewhere around here...

Where is it...

On LibreOffice surely, I know that's LGPL...

You may not modify or redistribute this content.

Oh dear...

Never mind, they must be raising money for the Pi foundation - I'm sure this is on the site somewhere, but my browser seems to have a bug causing it to disappear.

Re:Wait, what?? (4, Informative)

capedgirardeau (531367) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315445)

The system is brand new and it seems the app store service provider still has some details to work out about the licensing.

Liz, the head of the Raspbery Pi foundation, is aware of the issue and has already directly addressed it by saying there will be a fix in place by tomorrow to allow the app publishers to properly list the license their software is offered under.

For reference, here is Liz's statement to that effect:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2768#comment-37660 [raspberrypi.org]

so they weren't ready (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | about a year and a half ago | (#42328477)

It's not a valid excuse that the system is "new"; legally displaying the proper license is an especially obvious requirement.

I'm sure it was ignored in the interests of pushing the thing out the door by a certain deadline.

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315087)

I skimmed through the store, and it looks like most of what is up there is FOSS. I think the perceived value in such a "store" is not like that of the App Store or Google Play Store where it essentially represents the one place where you can go and get software, but instead represents a place where you can get software that is known to run well on the Raspberry Pi, which is very limited in resources compared to typical desktop computers.

Until they decide to restrict you from running software that doesn't come from the Raspberry Pi Store (which won't happen), I see no problem in this.

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

crossword.bob (918209) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315167)

OSS was never a primary goal of the Raspberry Pi. Education is. They're quite happy for people to be doing what they like with the device (including commercial applications), so long as the Foundation can keep turning their sales into more devices for schools.

Re:Wait, what?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42316351)

OSS was never a primary goal of the Raspberry Pi. Education is

Uh-huh, education. 10 months after the first Pis went on sale, where is the Education Pack?

It was meant to be ready for the start of the 2013 School Year. That was August past.

But I hear the weather in California is lovely, should the Foundation choose to move there.

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

crossword.bob (918209) | about a year and a half ago | (#42318961)

Wow, yeah—first-of-its-kind tech project running behind schedule. Hold the front pages.

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year and a half ago | (#42319575)

Technically, the project started in 2006. Its Duke Nukem Forever behind schedule.

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

rephlex (96882) | about a year and a half ago | (#42320267)

The Raspberry Pi as it is today, i.e. underpowered and broken, will never achieve much success in the education sector. The number of Pi's sold to schools so far has been absolutely insignificant. Lack of hardware hasn't been a real problem in those areas for many years anyway and its never been the main problem. The main problem has been and still is insufficient numbers of appropriately skilled teachers. The Raspberry Pi can't solve that.

Re:Wait, what?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42315809)

No, what the hell would make you think so?

I hate freetards, they ruin Linux and open hardware projects so much.
Shame that they are also the most vocal of the fans of both of them. (especially you know who)

"Raspbian" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42314275)

Total fail on the name, extremely hard to pronounce for non-english speakers.

Re:"Raspbian" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42314323)

How's RaPiAn?

Re:"Raspbian" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42314519)

Lesbian!

Razubian (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314469)

I take Japanese, with its far simpler syllable structure than English, as a measure of how non-English speakers are likely to distort something's pronunciation. Japanese speakers pronounce raspberry as ra-zu-be-ri-i, and ra-zu-bi-a-n doesn't sound any harder.

Store? How about a repository? (5, Insightful)

Dizzer (251533) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314309)

Why do you need an "App Store" clone for every OS now? How is this supposed to make sense for free software in a Debian based distribution? Why don't they just put that stuff into regular apt repo?

Re:Store? How about a repository? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42314335)

> apt-get pay
E: Invalid operation pay

Re:Store? How about a repository? (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | about a year and a half ago | (#42319043)

Correction:
sudo apt-get pay

Re:Store? How about a repository? (2)

Ginger Unicorn (952287) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314337)

It's just a method of presentation that's familiar to casual users. It's not causing any harm if it doesn't hamper other choices.

Re:Store? How about a repository? (2)

serviscope_minor (664417) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314399)

Why do you need an "App Store" clone for every OS now?

Excatly. Debian is very late to the party with one of these "App Stores". It's a pity because it's good to have access to a large, easy to install, curated repository of quality apps. I think it's sad that Debian deel the need to shamelessly copy Apple in this way.

They could at least distinguish themselves by using a different name. Perhaps they could call them packages. Then they'd need some kind of Advanced Tool to install said Packages.

Re:Store? How about a repository? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42314449)

Perhaps they should have called it an Apt Store.

Re:Store? How about a repository? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42322959)

How very apt.

Re:Store? How about a repository? (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314581)

They could at least distinguish themselves by using a different name. Perhaps they could call them packages. Then they'd need some kind of Advanced Tool to install said Packages.

Maybe even take it further and compose the system of various little packages so that each individual library can be updated discretely. And then one simple command to upgrade the whole system if requested. That would be awesome!

Re:Store? How about a repository? (1)

present_arms (848116) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315723)

I think that's very apt, I get it :D

Re: Store? How about a repository? (1)

mspohr (589790) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314457)

How about a Raspitory?

Authentication (2)

tepples (727027) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314501)

Why don't they just put that stuff into regular apt repo?

Let me know when "regular apt repo" supports authentication, which would allow paid downloads of certain types of software [pineight.com] that inherently don't mesh well with the free software movement or open source methodology.

Re:Authentication (1)

Rufty (37223) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315853)

Could you point /etc/apt/sources.list to an authenticated http://example.com/apt-repo [example.com] and tailor the content served depending on the user???

Re:Authentication (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42316747)

This is what the Ubuntu Software Cantre does, basically.

Re:Authentication (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year and a half ago | (#42318655)

Does /etc/apt/sources.list have a way to specify a user's credentials without allowing everybody on the system to misappropriate a user's password?

Re:Authentication (1)

grumpy_old_grandpa (2634187) | about a year and a half ago | (#42318071)

The Windows, OSX and Android ecosystems are infested with a culture of greed and egoism. Pay $10 for DVD-burning software, $15 for an archive program, $120 for anti-virus, $50 for an SSH client/server, $40 for a media player, and so on and so on.

If I can contribute to the community in some way, and get free and libre software in return, that seems like a much better deal for everybody. But by all means, if somebody wants to put energy into a distribution which mimics the money culture of Windows and OSX, all power to them. I'm just not interested.

Re:Authentication (1)

madprof (4723) | about a year and a half ago | (#42318205)

You make it sound like writing software and charging money for it is inherently a bad thing. (Hint: it isn't)

Re:Authentication (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year and a half ago | (#42318565)

Pay $10 for DVD-burning software

You can blame the companies that license the patents in MPEG-2 visual and Dolby Digital audio and the patents and trade secrets in the DVD-Video system for the fact that there's no legit free DVD-Video authoring solution.

$120 for anti-virus

Even if the scanning software is based on a free engine, how else is one supposed to finance continuing updates to definitions?

$40 for a media player

Here again, you can blame MPEG-LA, Dolby, DVD FLLC, Blu-ray Disc Association, and other holders of patents and trade secrets.

If I can contribute to the community in some way, and get free and libre software in return

How would you recommend extending this model to the development of things like high-production-value video games, antivirus software including all the latest definitions, tax preparation software that reflects the most recent changes to dozens of jurisdictions' tax codes, and software to play rented videos that is acceptable to the six major motion picture distributors?

Re:Authentication (1)

grumpy_old_grandpa (2634187) | about a year and a half ago | (#42323175)

You're absolutely right, a lot of this is due to the patent and copyright shenanigans of the major industry players. They commit fraud and treason against society in broad daylight. So if there was software "that is acceptable to the six major motion picture distributors", I would reject it on principle. Example: I have never, and will never, buy anything related to BluRay.

As for the tax software, I'm not quite sure what you get from the accounting firms. A list of loopholes? Just some slightly more friendly documentation than from the state? In the various countries that I have filled in taxes, the software I used was free of charge, and distributed by the national tax authority or city counsel. In one instance through a central web service where you would fill in and save the number online, and in another through cross-platform (Java) software, which also included a GNU/Linux installer. If I needed more help, I could certainly pay an accountant, however, even at a very moderate rate, I think I would incur a net loss.

Finally, for video games, I made an exception, and went for a console. That took a long time to reason about: Should I pay any of these companies at all, and if so, which one was the lesser of evil. In the end, I feel the choice between Microsoft and Sony was arbitrary. Neither company deserves a penny from me, and I would happily see both vanish. So maybe I made a mistake.

Ishtar; tax software competition; Bob's Game (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year and a half ago | (#42325571)

I have never, and will never, buy anything related to BluRay.

The studios have already phased out VHS, and they're starting to phase out DVD as well: Ishtar skipped DVD and went straight to Blu-ray. So when the studios phase out DVD, do you plan to stop watching movies?

As for the tax software, I'm not quite sure what you get from the accounting firms. A list of loopholes?

What you get from Intuit and H&R Block is a machine-readable version of the latest tax code in the form of an expert system [wikipedia.org] that makes sure you haven't missed any required fields or the most commonly used loopholes and makes sure that your calculations are correct.

In the various countries that I have filled in taxes, the software I used was free of charge

Incumbent tax firms have fought the government's attempts to make its own tax software available to the general public in the United States, claiming that it would constitute unfair competition with private-sector tax software.

Finally, for video games, I made an exception, and went for a console.

So you made a choice that video games developed by startups are not for you. All three console makers require a company to have financial stability (including a dedicated secure office) and to have already developed paid games for PCs or paid games for mobile phones before being allowed to develop for their platforms. Do you remember the Bob's Game incident, where Robert Pelloni couldn't get a license to develop for the DS because his business was run out of his home? If all gamers made this choice, where would startups gain the experience that console makers require?

In the end, I feel the choice between Microsoft and Sony was arbitrary.

Then why not just choose both and buy a VAIO PC? It has Microsoft software on Sony hardware, and it's far friendlier to indie games than any console whose name starts with X or P (or especially W).

Re:Authentication (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year and a half ago | (#42319839)

Extend your utterly stupid (look up the dictionary definition) thought pattern to your own job.

How are you going to eat if your job was 'community' based?

Don't be such an idiot, or you just might get what you wish for.

Re:Authentication (1)

grumpy_old_grandpa (2634187) | about a year and a half ago | (#42323017)

Well, what I wish for already exists, with millions of people benefiting and contributing to many thousand free and open source projects all over the world. If you were not aware of that, I'd suggest you download one of the common GNU/Linux distributions (it's for free), and give it a go. Try to apt-get, or similar, any application you'd like to use, and it will be installed within seconds, without any other action or transaction needed on your part. Even after nearly two decades, the efficiency and quality of the repositories blows me away every time. If I had to, I'd fight vigorously to protect that model, for others and for myself.

Re:Authentication (1)

s73v3r (963317) | about a year and a half ago | (#42320197)

If I can contribute to the community in some way, and get free and libre software in return, that seems like a much better deal for everybody.

Not really. While I'm sure those developers would appreciate your work, they can't really eat your contributions. And your contributions can't really shelter them.

Re:Store? How about a repository? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314971)

Ease of use?

How about both? Was:Store? How about a repository? (1)

WegianWarrior (649800) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315463)

To the casual, new-to-linux users, a "store" is going to be less scary and less intimidating than going through apt-get. Adding the store has not taken away the option of going through the repositories, just added another way of putting extra software on your RasPi.

That said, I'm not particularly impressed with the current selection of "apps" - even if it has a great time waster available in FreeCiv.

Kids now a days (1)

grumpy_old_grandpa (2634187) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315575)

With their apps and cloud space and Ajax.

Back when I was young, we called them applications, servers, and well, soap.

See also [wordpress.com]

Re:Store? How about a repository? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42315597)

If you want to be accessible to younger users, you have to go with models they are familiar with. This platform is targeted towards younger users. An App Store is something they can understand because they've likely had exposure to it.

Re:Store? How about a repository? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42315713)

people are now used to app stores, they appear more secure (although that is a blatent lie) but it helps a platform gain some credential kudo (if the apps work or not). Im all for it...mind you none of the apps work on my hacked together archlinuxarm install better moan like a winey bitch about it on their forums!!!!!

Surely that should be... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42314357)

"...Mrs Miggins' Pi Shop...." ?

Re:Surely that should be... (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about a year and a half ago | (#42314901)

I gather the Microsoft counterpart is run by a Mrs. Lovett.

Oh great... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42314381)

In addition to the obnoxious weekly updates about the Raspberry Pi, we now get equally banal posts about their software store.

Re:Oh great... (1)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315135)

And even worse, we get to sift through all the comments from basement-dwellers complaining about how hard it is to ignore stories they're not interested in.

(Yes, I appreciate the irony of how I could have not seen this comment if I were not browsing at -1)

All this and no Pi Shoppe jokes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42314575)

It should be Mrs. Miggins' Pi Shoppe! I hear that they have a "Cunning Plan" to get people to get their software from here...

Re:All this and no Pi Shoppe jokes? (2)

ZG-Rules (661531) | about a year and a half ago | (#42319727)

It should be Mrs. Miggins' Pi Shoppe! I hear that they have a "Cunning Plan" to get people to get their software from here...

Oh I so wish I had mod points so we could smash the US-centricity of this site....

But you should have included a reference. Wikipedia? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs_Miggins [wikipedia.org]

How is that different from APT repo? (2)

macson_g (1551397) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315157)

How is that different from slamming a web interface on top of apt repo?

can't buy a R. Pi ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42315187)

at the Raspberry Pi store, it does not seem possible to buy a Raspberry Pi. Odd

Re:can't buy a R. Pi ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42315339)

Why would they sell you one there when you can't buy them anywhere else online?

I like the concept of an HDMI-equipped Linux box for the cost of an Arduino, but why in the world have they *still* not fixed the supply problem?

Re:can't buy a R. Pi ? (1)

madprof (4723) | about a year and a half ago | (#42318227)

Well if you can't buy them anywhere else online then it would make sense to sell them there. But fortunately you can. :-)

As more time goes by the less I like this project. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42315367)

I replied to one of Liz's comments this morning [imgur.com] (last one), but it was never approved and instead it was removed.

It's unfortunate that she's a front person for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, I'm not a fan of how she handles things. The more I read her posts and replies the less I like the project.

A Pi store without Pi (1)

pongo000 (97357) | about a year and a half ago | (#42315727)

Now if only you could actually order a Raspberry Pi to run your software with, now that would be something to post on /. about!

Re:A Pi store without Pi (2)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | about a year and a half ago | (#42318115)

You can. I've ordered 3 on 3 separate occasions and got them in a week from newark/element14. Don't let the 0 next to availability scare you.

Also, i'd imagine you are trying to grab a bunch of these for your students/class, which may in fact impact the availability for you

Re:A Pi store without Pi (1)

csumpi (2258986) | about a year and a half ago | (#42319153)

The real question is, why would you want to order something that doesn't work? [slashdot.org]

Not working? (1)

gay358 (770596) | about a year and a half ago | (#42324111)

Not working is relative. Raspberry Pi has some issues (for me the main issue seems to be the low powered USB port which in practise requires using it with a powered USB hub), but it seems to work better than I imaged it would work. And it might have some compatibility problems (sometimes I have had to remove and then re-insert an USB device to make it work) with some devices.

So far, I haven't tried any torture tests or used oscilloscope to check if I am able to detect stuttering when using USB sound card. However, I haven't heard/noticed any stuttering when I have used it to play something, if the load has been light.

Of course it is not perfect. For example, web browsing could work a bit faster. It would be nice if there would be good Android port for it. It would be nice, if the build in sound using 3.5 mm audio connector (instead of using HDMI or external USB sound card) would have better quality etc.

Well, well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42316297)

It seems that while projects like Ubuntu and Raspberry Pi are gaining more attention, making money is coming more and more to the picture, in a world where "open source" has so far been almost like a synonym to "software free in cost".

I Don't Need Software, I Need A Power Adapter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42316309)

Awesome little board but quite possibly the worst power setup that could have been chosen.

you mean like a... (1)

pouar (2629833) | about a year and a half ago | (#42316671)

... package manager

Pi Store???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42318803)

As any British person will tell you, that should be a Pi Shop.

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