A 25-Dollar PC That Can Run Quake III

A 25-Dollar PC That Can Run Quake III


Have you heard of Raspberry Pi? It’s the igneous little device that is set to revolutionize the world of education.

Raspberry Pi is basically a full PC that is the size of a thumb drive. It connects up to any TV with an HDMI port and displays in full HD. It can do anything a normal PC can do, just at a scaled-down size. This means it can browse the web, word process, and even run Quake III, as a recent demo has shown. How much will this tiny PC cost you? Only twenty five dollars! The idea is that classrooms can give out this PC to their students so that they know full well that every student has access to a PC of some kind, and the specs aren’t that bad either. This is what the Raspberry Pi will get you:

  • 700MHz ARM11

  • 128MB or 256MB of SDRAM

  • OpenGL ES 2.0

  • 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode

  • Composite and HDMI video output

  • USB 2.0

  • SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot

  • General-purpose I/O
  • Optional integrated 2-port USB hub and 10/100 Ethernet controller
  • Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)

    So it’s a little worse than a netbook, and it can be held in your pocket. To me, that’s well worth 25 bucks.

    By Angelo M. D’Argenio

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