Rapsberry Pi and stuff ARE cheaper. A lot cheaper.
Originally Posted by RonJohn
And yes, while x86 might be comfortable at the time for end users, it has always been a thing to the Linux people to reach out for new architectures.
NetBSD and Linux will run on every thing that can distinguish between 0 and 1.
It is neccessary that we reach for more architectures, and then more hard- and software will follow.
By the way some years ago intel and amd were running a MHz race with no consideration for power uptake. Embedded device coudln't afford that and used small RISC architectures. Then, Transmeta (not really x86) and VIA stepped on and built x86 compatible chips in the lower enegry range. Finally amd and intel followed and did something about their power uptake. Still amd's Z-xx/C-xx/E-xxx arch or intel's atom is not in the range of some ARM or MIPS chips. Maybe more powerful on several tasks but sometimes you don't need lots of GPU or CPU power, just the right dimensions e.g. for a small handheld, storage device or network router.
Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!