Raspberry Pi: Read out comprehensive preview including specs, price, hardware and how it all began.
The highly anticipated Raspberry Pi computer went on sale at 6am this morning and almost immediately crashed the company’s website due to the huge volume of people looking to order one of the first batch of the $25 PCs.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has temporarily changed its website to a static site because it is experiencing huge volumes of traffic since the launch. The Raspberry Pi computer itself is available through two manufacturing partners, Premier Farnell and RS Components with both websites crashing soon after the credit card-sized computers went on sale.
Currently the Farnell website is still down, but the RS website is accessible but will only allow you to register interest in the Raspberry Pi, pricing it at £21.60 for the Model A version. Farnell’s price is higher, though this is because it includes shipping.
Sales today are limited to one per customer and the Foundation said “this first launch is aimed at software and hardware enthusiasts, makers, teachers and others who want to build exciting things with the Raspberry Pi before the official educational launch, which will happen later in 2012.”
The computer is available in two version Model A and Model B, however the Foundation announced this morning that Model A will now come with 256MB of RAM and not 128MB as previously announced, matching the amount of RAM available on Model B – but without adding to the $25 cost.
However only Model B (priced at $35) is on sale at the moment due to the overwhelming demand for this version from people registering their interest before launch. Model A will be going into production immediately and will be available soon the company said.
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The cost is in dollars due to all components being priced in dollars and doesn’t include the cost of local taxes or shipping. Both Premier Farnell and RS Components have worldwide distribution networks, so wherever you are in the world, you will be able to buy from a local distributor which should reduce the cost.
There are already a number of units appearing on eBay but through its Twitter account, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has said: “We do not recommend you buy from anyone purporting to sell a Pi on eBay.”
We’ll be keeping an eye on the manufacturing partners’ website throughout the day to see if they come back online but we’d love to hear from you if you managed to secure a Raspberry Pi this morning.
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