December 17, 2012
Raspberry Developers Can Now Share Their Piece Of The Pi
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Everybody´s favorite credit card sized computer has just gotten one step closer to becoming its own platform.
The Pi Store has been unveiled today, offering all Raspberry Pi owners the ability to download applications and games for their 'Little Computers That Could'. Working together with IndieCity and Velocix, Raspberry Pi´s new store will be a place for developers to share not only games and tools, but tutorials as well. This helps to further the Pi´s educational ethos of teaching students and hobbyists alike how to program and write code for these tiny devices.
“The Pi Store will, we hope, become a one-stop shop for all your Raspberry Pi needs; it´s also an easier way into the Raspberry Pi experience for total beginners, who will find everything they need to get going in one place, for free,” reads the official Raspberry Pi blog.
According to the blog, the Pi Store runs as an X application under Raspbian and gives users the ability to not only download new apps, but upload their own apps as well. On opening data, the Pi Store has a total of 23 free apps in the store, including Asterisk and LibreOffice.
The Pi Store also has some paid apps, including Freeciv and OpenTTD as well as games such as Storm in a Teacup and Cobra Mobile. The Pi Store even has its own Spotify client, called “Despotify,” bringing music streaming to the tiny computer.
“We hope that the Pi Store will provide young people with a way to share their creations with a wider audience, and maybe to a make a little pocket money along the way,” reads the official blog.
The folks at Raspberry Pi are encouraging any and all users with an app they´ve designed to submit it to the store as a way to share with and encourage the participation of the Pi community.
Developers can even choose a tip-based model wherein users can choose to pay the developers whatever they feel the app is worth.
Users can also access the MagPi through the Pi Store. The MagPi is a magazine specifically for Pi users to learn more about their computers as well as share their projects with the rest of the community.
Just as it has always been with the Raspberry Pi computer, the Pi community is expected to be a key part in driving the Pi Store.
The Raspberry Pi is a completely open project and encourages users of all backgrounds and education levels to write their own code and do what they will with these credit card-sized computers.
The computer consists of a motherboard with a 700MHz ARM processor and is capable of performing word processing and video tasks, as well as playing games and surfing the Internet.
The computer board has several key I/O ports built in, such as USB, HDMI, LAN and audio in and out ports. The basic Raspberry Pi unit starts at only $25 and includes 250MB of RAM and Blu-ray support. For $10 more, the Pi can be outfitted with Ethernet support.
As the Pi was developed to be equal parts tool and toy, many have taken their computers and done some amazing things with them.
For instance, a University of Southampton professor and his 6-year old son spent the summer building out the world´s first supercomputer comprised entirely of Raspberry Pi computers.
After linking together 64 Raspberry Pis and a few other additions, Professor Simon Cox and his son were not only able to build a supercomputer out of individual small computers and Legos, they were also able to do it relatively cheaply, building the entire thing for a little more than $4,000.