Raspberry Pi PCs go on sale; immediately sell out

The world has been waiting to get them and on Wednesday at least one outlet totally sold out of its allotment of units. We are speaking, of course, of the $35 version of the Raspberry Pi PC. The tiny and cheap device, which went into production several weeks ago, finally went on sale on Wednesday.

The official Raspberry Pi web site announced that while the first PC units have yet to arrive from their Chinese based factories, the organization has now signed up two UK-based companies, RS Components and Premier Farnell, who will henceforth be manufacturing the PCs, as well as being in charge of the distribution of the first Chinese made units.

The blog post stated:

The involvement of RS Components and Premier Farnell means that we can build volume much, much faster than would have been possible on our own. We are no longer limited to batches of only 10k Raspberry Pis; the Raspberry Pi will now be being built to match demand.


Even though the first sales of the PCs were limited to one per customer, that didn't stop Premier Farnell from selling out of its first batch of the $35 Raspberry Pi devices on Wednesday. RS Components are not yet taking pre-orders but are signing up people to be alerted when their first units are available to go on sale.

Meanwhile the $25 version of the Raspberry Pi PC is being put into production "immediately", according to the company. One bit of good news is that the $25 version will now get 256MB of RAM, which is double what was originally announced.


Image via Raspberry Pi Foundation

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Are there any FAQs on how to install an OS on that baby yet? Cause I'm a complete noob when it comes to Linux )

b0m8er said,
Are there any FAQs on how to install an OS on that baby yet? Cause I'm a complete noob when it comes to Linux )

As far as I'm aware, its just a case of downloading the Debian package from their website and unzipping it to a SD Card....although i could be VERY wrong, as im a Linux noob too

Either way, if we give it a few weeks there will be loads of tutorials available

Intrinsica said,
Install the OS from a USB key, I would assume.

Nope.
The debian 'example' one is basically, download the zip from torrent, extract it and use DD to image it to a 2GB (or bigger) SD card. It includes a GUI, some example code, web browser, etc.
Fedora remix is not out yet but will probably be similar.
There is an arch linux arm version out which I've got on a 512MB SD card, someone on the RPi forums made it and it's probably quite outdated now.

The more I think about this, the more interested I become. But with that said, I'm going to wait for a while before going and buying some. Aside from anything else I've got to think of how I would use them in my apartment...

this device will be the hype of 2012. for $35 its feature-packed.
I can't name a single device that isn't 4x more costly that can do 1080p playback with XBMC. This is only one of the many features as well. Will likely order one for every TV in the house, and one as a desktop system.

Got up at 6am yesterday to try and secure one. Couldnt get near the 2 sites. Ended up once the traffic had died registering my interest with RS Components. Have had a few ideas about what I can use these for already and if I can get a usable working OS on it, that just sweetens the deal personally.

I'm really interested in this device, and it's various applications. I can imagine Schools across the UK ( If not the World over ) snapping these up in what are very hard times financially. You could possibly be seeing a whole new generation of programmers thanks to this device; just like in the eighties when the humble ZX Spectrum powered it's way into the market, and into many of our homes.

Manic Miner, anyone ?

I was up at 6 as well to try a get one, completed failed.
I don't think RS Components and Farnell really understood the demand for these.

Oh .. look up Raspberry Pie on Urban Dictionary (NSFW), they maybe should have chosen a different name!!

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