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Re: Debian on RP 3

Thanks to Jonas for the wonderful links and past discussions. In there I found the following link and other resources.

Check this page out, Pi 3 has decent performance [1] for basic tasks, and comes bundled with Mathematica software [2] which can be used to demo cool math concepts [3], and you can demo electronic sensors related projects. I strongly feel no other platforms offers this today for a seamless *education-focused* approach [4].

1. http://www.tenpencepiece.net/blog/2016/03/04/benchmarking-raspberry-pi-3/
2. http://www.wolfram.com/raspberry-pi/
3. http://blog.wolfram.com/2016/09/07/how-to-teach-computational-thinking/
4. https://www.raspberrypi.org/resources/

If the goal is to create a computer lab at the primary school, you should better invest in a set of latest desktop / laptop computers running GNU/Linux and provide a collections of RPi's where students can use them to create electronics/Internet of Things projects (which is the primary use case for RPi). Be sure to stock the lab with RPi related workbooks and textbooks.

The RPi's can be used in class to demo various concepts and then students can practice the same in the lab and create their own programs etc.

On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 10:48 PM, yogesh powar <yogesh.powar@gmail.com> wrote:

On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 9:31 PM, Jonas Smedegaard <dr@jones.dk> wrote:
Hi Yogesh,

Quoting yogesh powar (2016-09-20 17:12:06)
> Friend of mine and I would like to donate some of our
> effort/money/time providing computers at a primary school in a village
> in Goa.
> We were thinking of having Raspberry Pi -3 with Input/Output devices.
> But software/OS, we were thinking of having Gnu/Linux.
> Has any one tried Debian on RP3? Is Hamara Gnu/Linux endorsed by
> Debian?
> Let me know if anyone has tried out this setup in the school.

About your choice of hardware:

Please beware that Raspberry Pi, although popular, does not have good
quality hardware and cannot boot a Debian system (a non-free binary blob
is required).

Here's arguing at Hamara Linux, comparing price to OLinuXino devices:

Here's arguing at FreedomBox list about efficiency (and repeating some
of above):

Here's arguing at the Sugarlabs project about RPi3 and its non-free
blob: http://lists.sugarlabs.org/archive/iaep/2016-June/018803.html

About school use:

I dearly recommend you to get in touch with others in India with
experience in this field.  I understand it is more fun to explore on
your own than aligning with the pace and mindset of others, but even
doing it alone you can _borrow_ ideas from others.

Here's mentioning at this list some contacts related to Debian and

About tinkering with tiny systems more generally:

Whether you choose to move on with RPi or pick another arguably superior
device, please consider joining the Debian Tinker blend team:

Hope that helps,

 - Jonas

 * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
 * Tlf.: +45 40843136  Website: http://dr.jones.dk/

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Hi Jonas,

Thanks for the valuable information (mainly the ones thats embedded in the links). Will explore more about OSHW for finding an alternative RPi3.


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