Think of C.H.I.P as a tablet computer that runs Linux instead of Android, "without the tablet bits," says interviewee Dave
, who gave a talk -- which was mostly live demos -- at OSCON 2015
. 50,000 C.H.I.P.s have already sold for $9 through their successful Kickstarter campaign
, and Next Thing Co. plans to stick with the $9 price for the foreseeable future -- plus add-on boards (that they call "shields") they hope to sell you, but that won't flatten any but the skinniest wallets; given the projected price scale, you'll have trouble spending as much as $50 for a fully-accessorized C.H.I.P. unit.
"But," you may ask, "is C.H.I.P. Open Source?" You bet! No hedging here, just flat-out Open Source
, from the bottom to the top, with all software (and hardware specs) freely available via GitHub
. And lastly, the "I'll Be Your $9 Computer Today' statement in the headline above is allegorical, not factual. We've seen projected shipping dates for C.H.I.P ranging from "by the end of 2015" to a simple "2016." Either way, we're waiting with bated breath