Right. Unfortunately I just haven’t had the time to write any posts about building Boost today… The computer’s been out of action all day so far as I’ve been replacing my broken motherboard and installing my after market heatsink and fan, which I I mentioned a few days back. So instead, I’ll just share a few words about that and Boost can wait until tomorrow.
I can certainly say that the fan is really, really quiet, and temperatures appear to be lower than with the stock cooler (I say stock – it certainly looks like Intel’s socket 775 stock cooler, but the fan has an Akasa sticker…). I haven’t had a chance to do any temperature readings under stress yet, so we’ll see how things go. When I have a chance I’ll be trying a little light overclocking too so I’ll let you know how that goes… I’m hoping to get my 2.83Ghz CPU up to a stable 3.4, but I haven’t overclocked before so I don’t know if that’s realistic with my relatively cheap cooler.
At present, I am just reinstalling all my Windows software. I’m hoping to have a minute to play around with ASUS Express Gate, since it appears not to be working out of the box… And then? Well it’s coming up to midnight local time and yet I’m still hoping to not only reinstall Linux Mint, but also successfully install Gentoo (which involves compiling my own kernel ). Still, I’ll see how things go, and I’ll try to sleep a little bit before my early start tomorrow…
Chances are you’ve all heard about this great new project already. If not, it’s basically a (very basic) computer system, all on a single circuit board about the size of a credit card. It runs on an ARM CPU at 700MHz, but it also has a respectable video chip which can apparently cope with 1080p video. Video output is by HDMI or composite video. It has 256Mb RAM. As yet, only the “development version” is available. It comes case free: you just get a board with all the components sitting exposed on it. But hey, all the better for modding, right?
Oh, and did I mention - it’s selling for around £21/$35! That’s excluding sales tax, but still.
There’s no permanent storage on the PI. However, the version currently shipping sports 2 USB ports, an ethernet connection and an SD card slot. Booting is necessarily via the SD card: right now you need to image your own; when the “educational” version of the Pi comes out later this year, you’ll be able to get cards preinstalled with Debian and some other tools.
Otherwise, the Wiki is there to help, with growing instructions including the way to cross compile various Linux Distros on your main PC to run on the Pi’s ARM processor. When it comes to choosing an SD card, I’ve read that class 4/6 is the best choice (they are better than class 10 for lots of small files, and class 10 has issues with the Linux kernel). I’m planning on either an Integral or Transcend 8GB class 6.
Right now, it’s still difficult to get hold of the things. You just have to register your interest with one of the suppliers – Farnell Element 14 or RS Components. Then you’ll hear from them at the first possible opportunity. And due to the overwhelming popularity of the Pi (I heard Farnell sold out their initial stock within 3 minutes of availability), you should sign up for emails from both of them as soon as possible!
You may still be wondering if it’s worth the effort, low price tag or not. Well tomorrow, I’ll post again, and mention a few of the things you can (or can’t) do with it. And if you want to read more about it, head over the official website (or, of course, Wikipedia).
And in case you’re wondering. Yes. I have already pre-ordered mine
Later on today, I’ll be sending out some updated SFML binaries for Windows. Not only that, there’s going to be a brand new script for installing SFML on Unix (in particular, Ubuntu/Linux Mint, but I’m sure a little modification will have it running elsewhere). If you want to be the first to get hold of all this, remember to subscribe by email if you haven’t yet. Otherwise, they’ll be added to the downloads page in a few days.