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Raspberry Pi to run BBC Micro 2

by Rob Zwetsloot

BBC creating new open source cross-platform education based IDE that will run on Raspberry Pi and Linux

The BBC has confirmed that long running rumours of a new BBC Micro are in fact true. The project, tentatively named BBC Micro 2, is not a new hardware platform like the original. Instead, it’s a cross-platform IDE based on Eclipse, the popular open source software development environment.

The BBC plans to release the software on Linux, OS X, and Windows, as well having support for the upcoming Raspberry Pi. The point of the original Micro was to bring computing into schools, teaching a new generation of kids how to code. This new project is designed to do the same, but clearly as part of the user interfaces people associate with and use in their day-to-day lives.

An early build was formally shown running on Raspberry Pi at the Hack to the Future event over the weekend, hosted by Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Preston, Lancashire.

Raspberry Pi initially dismissed these claims on Twitter as a hoax, apparently caused by confusion over existing projects with the BBC. Since then, event organizer Alan O’Donahoe and Rasperry Pi have managed to straighten out the facts.

There is no release date currently attached to BBC Micro 2, however there is a website for the project that will be updated in the near future.


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    • asola

      I just don’t see how the hardware of the Pi will run Eclipse.

      The Pi has an ARM11 computing core and a maximum of 256MB of RAM.

      Something like a dual-core Cortex-A9 and 1GB of RAM would be able to run Gnome+Eclipse/GTK as the ultra-minimum for acceptable programming experience.

    • Shackle

      A dual core and a gig to program? Gnome and eclipse?

      How about emacs, or vi.

      The pi will be fine.

    • SMP

      Raspberry Pi runs Doom pretty well 1080p 4x anti-alias – should be fine for programming too.

    • Jesse

      Should be fine.

      Linux was developed in 1MB, with a limit of 4MB.

      Huge memories are actually a hinderance to programming as the developer ASSUMES that huge memories will always be available.

      The first UNIX system had less than 64K and no MMU.

      My first was limited to 256K (LSI 11/23). Ran fine.

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