The Raspberry Pi was already a massive hit, and doubling the RAM at no added cost makes the little device an even more attractive proposition than before.
We've discussed the Raspberry Pi
at APC before, and now the humble little computer (in its Model B version) is getting a RAM upgrade from 256MB to 512MB. Now that might sound like it's still only a tiny amount of memory, and it is, but when you consider that the Raspberry Pi is a hobbyist's device that only costs a stunning $38 -- and that the RAM upgrade hasn't notched up the unit's pricing -- it's more than a little impressive (ahem).
Founder Eben Upton announced the upgrade this week on the Raspberry Pi blog
, explaining that one of the most common requests from customers was a more powerful version of the device with extra memory "for people who want to use the Pi as a general-purpose computer, with multiple large applications running concurrently". Rather than shifting on the $38 (US$35) price, which Upton claims the charitable Raspberry Pi Foundation is "very attached to", the decision was made to provide a more modest RAM upgrade to all units at no cost. Nice.
For more info on the Raspberry Pi, including how to purchase and get started, take a look at the official FAQ here
. And for a quick example of one potential application for the mini PC, check this out: