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Exciting news for Pi lovers out there: Mozilla is coming to RaspberryPi as Fx OS, and you might even be able to surf with it on a laptop.

Mozilla recently announced that it will be looking to begin testing and demonstrating Fx OS in the upcoming year following its October 2014 MozFest. Mozilla is taking a queue from other industry giants, like Google and Android, by sourcing information and gauging success from the consumer. In conjunction with its release to Raspberry Pi board owners, they are asking that people submit their “amazing ideas and physical applications” using the platforms, in addition to seeking contributions towards the continuing development of Fx OS so that it can:

  • be at parity with Raspbian/RPi as a hobbyist environment. Users will be able to read from sensors and control motors, LEDs, solenoids, slave boards, etc. A modified Fx OS for Raspberry Pi will be able to fly a drone.
  • be competitive with other media player OSes available for RPi.
  • be competitive with other IDEs for FxOS on Raspberry Pi targeted at beginning programmers, like IDLE and Scratch.
  • enable programmers (via DOM/CSS) to develop robotics etc. by building a declarative model of a reactive system. With one type of output device, the actual electronics could be interfaced with. With another type of output device, the model could be simulated on a client computer.

If you haven’t heard of Pi, prepare to be a little underwhelmed, as the assortment of chips are unassuming. But what looks like a piece of scrap parts that you found in your garage is really a seemingly endless array of ingenuity on a chip, from doing simple processes to reliving your old Starfox glory days. And now, RaspberryPi even has its very own laptop with Pi-Top, a project with its sights set on bringing hardware education to everyone.

Pi-Top provides a platform to expand your knowledge in hardware creation. The kit takes you through each of its components and their functionality, so that you can use Pi-Top as a tool for your own projects in the future.

Pi-Top focuses on teaching people how to create real hardware. Online and integrated lesson plans teach you how to understand electronics, create Printed Circuit Boards, and 3D print objects.

Pi-Top comes with an injection moulded case so you can build Pi-Top on day one. Every kit also comes with 3D printing files so you can print your own Pi-Top case!


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Pi-Top comes as a kit. The case itself is created with 3D printing, and within the kit is:

  1. Injection molded case

  2. 3D printer STL files compatible for most print bed sizes (5" x 5" bed size and up)
  3. PCBs - Power Management, HDMI to LVDS Bridge and Keyboard & Trackpad Controller.
  4. Electronics breadboard
  5. Battery
  6. Keyboard
  7. Trackpad
  8. 13.3”HD LCD Screen
  9. Wifi adapter
  10. Acrylic slice
  11. Wiring
  12. DC wall plug
  13. Build instructions
  14. Online & integrated lesson plans

Pi-Top’s goal is to make hardware as accessible as software is. The dream is to reach a market that is growing more and more dependent on technological and engineering skills by getting people interested in skills that will help them excel. 

Now that Mozilla has jumped on board, RaspberryPi’s possibilities are continuing to expand, and with the increasingly open nature of its development, everyone might be getting a piece of Pi.

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