The BBC has confirmed that long running rumours of a new BBC Micro are in fact true. The project, tentatively named BBC Micro 2, is not a new hardware platform like the original. Instead, it’s a cross-platform IDE based on Eclipse, the popular open source software development environment.
The BBC plans to release the software on Linux, OS X, and Windows, as well having support for the upcoming Raspberry Pi. The point of the original Micro was to bring computing into schools, teaching a new generation of kids how to code. This new project is designed to do the same, but clearly as part of the user interfaces people associate with and use in their day-to-day lives.
An early build was formally shown running on Raspberry Pi at the Hack to the Future event over the weekend, hosted by Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Preston, Lancashire.
Raspberry Pi initially dismissed these claims on Twitter as a hoax, apparently caused by confusion over existing projects with the BBC. Since then, event organizer Alan O’Donahoe and Rasperry Pi have managed to straighten out the facts.
There is no release date currently attached to BBC Micro 2, however there is a website for the project that will be updated in the near future.