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A linux computer for how much?

27 November 2015

As someone who has spent a significant six-figure sum on computers and peripherals over the past four decades, I was gobsmacked when I read the tech wires this morning.

My fist "home brew" computer cost me over $1,000 to build and had a trivial amount of memory, a puny 1MHz 8-bit processor and no peripherals to speak of.

My first decent CP/M computer cost nearly $10K and it only had floppy disk drives and a slightly faster 8-bit processor.

An IBM PC was about $16K if you wanted one with any sensible amount of storage and a colour display.

And even more recently it has been possible to dump $5K on a decent high-end PC with nice big LCD and a grunty graphics card suitable for gaming.

So what's with this new Raspberry Pi Zero?



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Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

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