One thing I got for Christmas was the Raspberry Pi. At this point, I wish I had put the money toward something else. The Pi Foundation claims that these machines are for kids to learn with, but I just can't see it. I'm a kid, I'm new to Linux, I'm new to working with hardware, and using the Pi thus far has been a complete pain.
The $35 dollar price point was a lie, much like the price of nearly any small/"portable" piece of hardware. You pretty much have to buy a case if you want this thing to last, and that's at the very least $10. Then there's the micro USB power supply which requires 5v at about 500mah. I dunno what makes anyone think that a charger like that would be laying around. I have a micro USB phone charger, but it maxes at 250mah. So that was another $10. Then there's the SD card, which ranges between 10 and 30 dollars. We'll call it $15 to be fair. Altogether that's around $70 for this "computer" that's completely painful to use from the start. And then there's the 2 weeks - 1 month or longer wait.
Worse, if you look at the website's main blog (http://www.raspberrypi.org/), all you see is posts highlighting projects that are utterly out of the reach of beginners, done by people with years of hardware, software and linux experience who are using the pi to do things they, for the most part, already had an idea how to do. In what way is this helpful to newcomers, other than to lure them in with projects that seem feasible? I just can't see it. I'm sure that a very tiny few people on this forum actually have a pi, but I'd love to get some feedback. Mine is pretty much sitting there. It'll be nice to have as a linux computer I can turn on and practice with through putty so I don't have dual boot over to Ubuntu, but other than that, I can't see myself using it for a while. It's not beginner friendly in the least.