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Why a $25 PC? Because it's the price of a textbook

Sep 05, 2011, 01:03 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Humphries)

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"During the talk Eben explains that the $25 price point was decided upon because it is the cost of a textbook so it made sense. Students buy textbooks, so a PC priced the same is a natural fit and hopefully an easy purchase for them, their parents, or their school.

"As to why a $25 PC is needed, it simply comes down to the need to develop programming skills while still young, a skill that seems to have disappeared in recent years. Eben explains this as due to the typical hacking and experiment platforms such as the Commodore 64 and Sinclair ZX81 all disappearing and being replaced with the closed game consoles. Even the PC has become closed as families typically share it and kids aren't encouraged to experiment for fear of breaking it.

"Other interesting gems of information that come to light during his talk include Raspberry Pi's original wider scope of not only providing a cheap PC, but the curriculum that surrounds it. That has now been rethought with the learning part left to teachers and the community while they focus on the hardware."

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