Update: Raspberry Pi now has it’s own image downloader and flasher – https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/ called “Raspberry Pi Imager” – Note separate links for Windows, MAC and Ubuntu respectively within the above – odd that they chose Ubuntu and not Debian – given that Raspbian is based on the latter – but never mind. Originally they recommended Win32DiskImager, then Balena Etcher (that’s a long story) and now this.
Back to the original purpose of this entry – the makers of Raspberry Pi have recently abandoned the Raspberry Pi 4B 1GB version, made the 2GB version the minimum and dropped the price accordingly – Pi Hut are doing them for £34 in the UK which I believe is still more than some American pricing but there you are. Seeed Studios in Shenzhen want $35 BUT they insist on using a courier which kills the price advantage (I note others quote this price but some adverts sidestep the postal costs which can be significant).
But here’s a thing.. if the RAM is much cheaper than before, why is the 4GB version still £54 in the UK? All good stuff – but some techies may well ask, why are we still waiting for true USB BOOT? The SD remains the weak point of this otherwise excellent device and some of us are still waiting not so impatiently for true USB boot as we have on the RPI3 which unfortunately only has USB2. True USB boot (i.e. SSD) would be wonderful on USB3.
You may well ask why I’m in a rush for USB boot? Well, for the first time EVER, I had a Pi go down on me – and sure enough, bust SD. Others complain of odd SD incidents also. Other than that, the PI seems to be completely reliable and I put that to the test on a daily basis.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation claim that the new board is now 40 times faster, has eight times more memory, 10 times the I/O bandwidth (Gigabit Ethernet), four times the resolution (4K vs Full HD), support for dual-screen setup, and dual-band wireless networking. Personally I just want it to boot (headless operation) and calculate with more speed, with as near to 100% reliability as is possible.