Raspberry Pi 2 runs circles around previous version

Raspberry Pi 2: A formula for success?


The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just announced the newest version of its low-cost learning computer, the Raspberry Pi 2, will begin shipping today. So, bloggers start making raspberry pie, adding a pinch of critique for flavor.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ask for seconds.

Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.

Agam Shah buys a brand new computer:

A faster Raspberry Pi 2 computer is now shipping...and for the first time it will support Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS for the development of smart devices and appliances.

At US$35, the new computer [retained] the low-cost appeal of the original Raspberry Pi, which has sold more than 4 million units. Raspberry Pi 2 is also six times faster than the original computer.  MORE

Brian Benchoff upgrades only the CPU:

The original Raspberry Pi released, three years ago, was looking a bit long in the tooth when it was first launched. Three years is a long time in the world of electronics, and the Pi is due for an update. It's here, now, and the biggest change is a faster quad-core chip, a better processor architecture, and 1GB of RAM.

Although the CPU has been updated, there isn't much else on the Pi that has changed. USB and Ethernet [are still handled by the same] controller. If you're looking for Gigabit Ethernet, sorry that's not going to happen. It's pretty much just a CPU and RAM upgrade.  MORE

Leo Kelion itches to play Minecraft:

"We think it's about six times more powerful for most applications," Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi, told the BBC.

"This means this is really a PC now."  MORE

Mat Smith delivers on a deadline -- two years early:

While Raspberry Pi fans were told to expect a brand new board somewhere around 2017, it turns out that wasn't quite true. This is the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B: a substantial upgrade from the Model B+ that will reportedly go on sale later today.  MORE

Micosoftie Kevin Dallas likes Pi too: Groan - Ed.

We're excited to join the [Raspberry Pi] Foundation in also announcing that Windows 10 will support Raspberry Pi 2, which will be free for the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT later this year.  MORE

Meanwhile, everybody wants a piece of @Raspberry_Pi:

FOUR thousand of you on the website at the minute - which is why we've had to default to a static page.  MORE

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