Ask Director Eben Upton About the Raspberry Pi Foundation
September 07, 2011
When Eben Upton isn't working as an ASIC architect for Broadcom, he is the Director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation [ http://www.raspberrypi.org/ ]. The foundation is a UK registered charity which exists to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level. Raspberry Pi plans to develop, manufacture and distribute an ultra-low-cost computer [ https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/11/09/02/0156214/Details-About-Raspberry-Pi-Foundations-25-PC ], for use in teaching computer programming to children. Their first product is about the size of a credit card, and is designed to plug into a TV or be combined with a touch screen for a low cost tablet. The expected price is $25 for a baseline Model A device, and $35 for a Model B device with integrated 2-port USB Hub, 10/100 Ethernet controller and 128MB of additional RAM. Eben has agreed to answer your questions about what it takes to make an ultra-low-cost computer, running an educational charity, or anything else. The usual Slashdot interview guidelines [ http://slashdot.org/faq/interviews.shtml ] apply: ask as many questions as you want, but please keep them to one per comment.