Make it small, make it cheap, and people will buy it. - Two tiny, single-board Linux computers with sweet names that debuted at nearly the same time have attracted disproportionately large attention from PC consumers this week: the Raspberry Pi, and the FXI Cotton Candy.
The Raspberry Pi is a bare, uncased board that costs $35, and the Cotton Candy is a finished, ready to run PC-in-a-USB stick that costs $199. Both sport ARM processors, both will run Linux variants.
Raspberry Pi is powered by a 700MHZ Broadcom ARMv6 processor with VideoCore graphics, has 256MB of RAM, 2 USB ins, an Ethernet jack, and outputs for video and audio via HDMI and RCA jack. Storage for the unit is relegated to SD card.
The idea is that it's a project computer that's accessible to anyone.
After more than six years in development, Raspberry Pi went up for sale in the UK through partners RS Components and Premier Farnell last night, and were sold out within hours, even with a one-unit-per-customer limit.