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Raspberry Pi sells out within one hour

by Rob Zwetsloot

Raspberry Pi, the tiny $25 computer project launched this morning to unprecedented demand and success…

Earlier this morning, the highly anticipated Raspberry Pi system-on-a-chip was put on sale. The team had been teasing a big announcement regarding the release of the system on their Twitter account for the past few days, and the response for what some might have assumed was a niche device has overwhelmed them.

Over the last couple of days, the Raspberry Pi website has been bombarded with views, as eager fans overloaded the servers trying to find out what the big news was, and if they could finally get their hands on it. The Twitter team announced they would put up a static page at 6am this morning to combat the traffic spikes.

Raspberry Pi sells out within one hour

As well as putting the device on sale, licensing deals with manufacturers were announced. Partnering with British firms Premier Farnell and RS Components, this insures that the Raspberry Pi can be built to better meet demand.

The past few hours have been a whirlwind of success, with the device selling out within an hour from one of the suppliers, and interviews appearing on BBC morning shows. The launch story became the number one read item on the BBC website, beating news on the iPad 3 down in third.

Raspberry Pi sells out within one hour

You can register your interest for the next batch of Raspberry Pi on the RS Components and Farnell websites. Currently, only the $35 model B is available, which includes an extra USB port and LAN over the $25 model A to be launched at a later date.

You can read our full interview with Eben Upton about Raspberry Pi in the upcoming Linux User & Developer 111. We reported on excerpts from the interview about benchmarking and the price guarantee a couple of weeks ago.

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    • Lee

      Just wish I could actually buy one! :(

    • Bob Butler

      Don’t mean to nit pick and feel free to delete this if you correct it.
      There’s no Wifi on the B, it’s just an ethernet connection.

    • Jerry Jackson

      We have had computers in homes for 25+ yrs in this country, and they have all been programmable. It’s a shame we didn’t see them for what they are and chose to view them as expensive consumer items. Maybe in another 15-20yrs we will have more Computer Scientists to rival the best in the world. Here’s hoping.

    • Jerry-

      Yes, home computers are programmable, but the proprietary nature of the most popular operating systems (Windows, MacOS) isn’t exactly amenable to learning about just what is going on behind the glossy facade. Ditto the application software that runs on those systems, which until recently was nearly all proprietary. The point of the RasPi is to get free software, and easily-understood hardware, in the hands of anyone who can scrape together $25, and to act as a powerful learning tool that won’t necessarily disrupt the home computer.

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    • It’s no surprise to me that this little gem sold out so quickly, and without really even reaching its intended market in circuitry classrooms. The Raspberry Pi is the ultimate DIY computer.

    • Purplewelshy


      You talk about operating systems and application software being, until recently, proprietary. Unless your idea of recent is much different to mine, I have to disagree. I think of 21 years as not being recent. (1991 the birth of Linux) or if you wanted it in the 1980’s (30ish years) you could pay AT&T for the UNIX license and work with that. (I used to work on support for such a source code licensee).