If you want a super cheap Linux based computer, now is the chance to get it. Chip, a $9 Linux-based, super-cheap computer that raised some $2 Million beyond a pledge goal of just $50,000 on Kickstarter can soon be yours. After its successful Kickstarter campaign, now, the first run of devices is beginning to be distributed to backers.
Chip costs just $9 — although, of course, things like a monitor, an input device, and shipping are not included in that figure. Still, it’s a fully functioning computer that can be had for less than the price of McDonald burger. The device offers full support for the open source LibreOffice package, has a Wi-Fi connection so you can surf the web, and even allows for a Bluetooth controller to be connected so you can play some games.
The board is Open Hardware and and is capable of running on any Linux-based operating system. It is powered by a 1Ghz A13 processor. It has a 512MB of RAM and a storage capacity of 4GB. It is equivalent to the BeagleBone Black in clock speed, RAM and storage. It is more powerful than the Raspberry Pi B+. However, the Chip that differentiates Beagle is its built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and the simplicity with which it can be carried around, thanks to the system that takes care of the battery operation.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht