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Raspberry Pi Gets 512MB Filling 178

sfcrazy writes "Good (and bad) news for Raspberry Pi lovers, the Model B has been upgraded to 512MB RAM from 256MB. Bad news is for those who already got their Model B shipments because all those who have outstanding orders with either distributors will get the *upgraded* version of the device, means with 512MB RAM instead of 256MB. The upgraded devices should be arriving to customers from today onwards. Raspberry Pi team will be pushing a firmware upgrade soon so these news devices can detect and use the additional RAM."
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Raspberry Pi Gets 512MB Filling

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 15, 2012 @09:51AM (#41657045) has some nifty items. Also checkout for some interesting raspi stuff.

  • THE!!!! (Score:3, Informative)

    by organgtool ( 966989 ) on Monday October 15, 2012 @09:56AM (#41657093)
    I have been reading Slashdot for fourteen years and I have never once complained about the grammar in a summary before (usually there are enough pedants out there to do more than enough complaining), but this summary is horrible. I do not blame the submitter because I realize that English may not be his or her first language, but I though Slashdot was supposed to have some sort of editors who at least read the summary once before posting it to the front page. I had to read the second sentence several times to confirm that it meant what I thought it did and in the rest of the summary the article "the" is missing at least two times. I really do love this site, but if you want to call yourself an editor, then please do the job or turn it over to someone who will.
  • by Terrasque ( 796014 ) on Monday October 15, 2012 @09:56AM (#41657095) Homepage Journal

    Ordered from - one of the two that was recommended from [] page.

    I looked at element14 but they didn't seem to have a casing for it, so I ended up at the other recommended place.

  • by capedgirardeau ( 531367 ) on Monday October 15, 2012 @10:18AM (#41657365)

    I would check out the RPi forums and potentially the wiki. There are a lot of folks who use the RPi for robotics.

    Here is a link to the sub forum that includes robotics, but I bet there are robotics threads in lots of other places on their forums as well: []

    And here is the RPi wiki: []

    Feel free to ask on the forums, I have found them to be very friendly.

  • switch distributors (Score:5, Informative)

    by Chirs ( 87576 ) on Monday October 15, 2012 @10:48AM (#41657763)

    The one distributor (RS, I think) is notorious for crazy long shipping times, while the other has almost always had stock. Cancel your order, go with the other guy.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 15, 2012 @11:13AM (#41658155)

    Parent post is correct: RS has had atrociously long shipping times (though they'll charge your credit card almost immediately). Go with Farnell/Newark/Element instead.

    And if you're not keen on trusting an AC's posting, go check the Shipping forum on the Raspberry Pi site for a second opinion.

  • Some Pi Alternatives (Score:2, Informative)

    by evilviper ( 135110 ) on Monday October 15, 2012 @12:07PM (#41658963) Journal

    If you want a smartphone, the Alcatel Venture has comparable specs, and sells for $50, contract-free (and VirginMobile also has some of the cheapest cell plans, too, if you want to sign up).

    If you want a desktop, you can usually get a used, mini P4 system (40w idle) for $32 from Better deals are often available from local off-lease PC dealers.

    If you want a tablet, Walmart stocks a 7" Pandigital unit for $50.

    If you want video streaming and 1080p decoding, the D-Link MovieNite Streaming Player, DSM310 is selling for $38 at WalMart.

    If you want network-attached cameras, you can find ethernet and WiFi (g) models with PTZ, built-in mic and speaker, and night-vision for $50, maybe less.

    With the Pi needing binary blobs as well, I really see nowhere than the Pi makes sense.

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