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$25 Raspberry Pi Device to be Ready for Christmas

The ultra-cheap, open source computer Raspberry Pi, may appear by the end of the year according to David Braben, who also added that a finished version for developers will be available soon.

It's worth noting that the initial Raspberry Pi won't be your bog standard beige box computer, but will be aimed at the programmers who buy Toucan or Beagleboards.

10,000 units will be available by the end of the year and according to the Charity's blog, the kits will be made up of "chips, transistors, silicon substrate, capacitors, resistors and all the other bits of electronics hardware that go into making a computer".

Braben also told Gigaom that the small run of 10K units will be given to developers in the hope that they will be able to seed it with software, with a consumer version available by next year.

The Raspberry Pi at its simplest will be a box the size of a business card box with ports for mouse, keyboard, TV or monitor (Analog, Digital), Ethernet, USB and SD Card.

The device runs on an ARM11 SoC clocked at 700MHz and there are plans to launch a 'buy one, give one' model, pioneered by the One Laptop Per Child project.

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