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Mate,well @Nelson Muntz as i understand it ; someone within the education system / ICT side Cambridge noted that students seemed to be less knowledgeable than previous years. It was probably part of the marketing for the PI in that they said lets make a PC where you can actually see the motherboard ..
Then i think a sort of sheep mentality kicked in and it became a sort of fashion to use the PI. Now i was involved with an NGO Ghana that used computers to educate kids. So i took a couple of PI's with me. AT the time i also shipped about 20 ex-military panasonic alumin cased toughbook laptops, that only had .512gig ram. the first thing i decided was that Pi's were no good for the 3rd world- the PI had only a HMDI port. Thats meant i since i din't ship any monitors finding monitors with a HMDI connection. in Ghana - there were none only VGA . Then there was the capability of the PI quite frankly not that great .
On the toughbook laptops i did before travelling manage to buy compatible ram for the old machine with an extra .512 g ram and managed to install Antix- several of those got donated to a childrens hospital.
My conclusion for 3rd world was simply to get hold of anything around Pentium IV or better with 2 gig of ram and then there was a lot of potential to do things. Those types of PC towers which although dusty arev much in abundance on markets such as laPaz etc
The only thing i can see the PI has that sat an old Pentium IV tower does not are the pins.
In terms of educating kids i found that taking an old defunct PC tower apart and let them handle the mother board etc was just as educational as a small motherboard in a bit of see through plastic. ARM architecture might be the future but as of to date the PI holds little interest. I see similarities in requirement of schools using microsoft as to those that are Pi mad. I guess thats probably a bit harsh in that there was a quantum jump in that at least PC's went from OS Microsoft to OS Linux. Also i've seen statments along the lines of PI's are cheap - not really compared to an old but still good Pentium IV and above. So for me a would rather buy a tower from ebay and use it to play with than sa new PI.
At the end of the day you pays your money and takes your choice.
Yeah, the Pi has a lot of competition in the market now, that is for certain!yes i got one of them but do you know how much one of them cost from maplin before they disappeared from the high St ! This what you hsve to factor in when considering the 3rd World ps i also looked at banana board, beagle board and a few others
I really like my PI400. $100 for a computer that included a keyboard, mouse, power adapter, hdmi cable, was a pretty good deal.
I installed the Pi OS arm64 then changed my sources.list to include Debian sid and upgraded.
I recently installed MATE and I have to say it is a really nice desktop.
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Well, you can leave it connected to someone's Ethernet hole in their place of business, like Starbucks, and just watch and wait when people start getting suspicious. Bonus points if you can give off the vibe of being an IT guy debugging the Network. You can just say it's for the Ethernet COM Port Host I.P. WAN. And you could redirect everyone's PCs to 4Chan or the Linux Kernel Mailing List.I've thought about getting a pi but just can't see any advantage of a pi over the computers I have.