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The $35 PC Raspberry Pi Sells Out In Minutes

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The $35 PC Raspberry Pi Sells Out In Minutes
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Linux based Raspberry Pi sold out yesterday and crashed makers Premier Farnell or RS Components websites. The revolutionary PC is the size of a credit card and features a USB port for a keyboard, Ethernet port, SD card slot, and an HDMI port for video output. “The idea”, says Eben Upton, the founder of the charity behind the scheme, “is to give one away to every child as they reach a new school year so that they can do their own programming and learn to control computers, rather than be controlled by them.”

Powering the Raspberry Pi is an ARM chip, like ones found in mobile phones and tablets, and it runs a version of the Linux operating system found in many web servers and in Android smartphones.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation isn’t looking to get rich selling the devices. It will only make a “small profit” from each Raspberry Pi sold, which “we’ll be putting straight back into the charity,” according to its website.

Trying to buy a @Raspberry_Pi tonight is similar to trying to buy an iPhone on launch day. Never imagined that’d happen with a Linux gadget. 14 hours ago via Twitter for Mac ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

congratulations @raspberry_pi team – lets hope a generation are inspired into programming by this great social scheme http://t.co/FC88zvcc 13 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

The $35 PC Raspberry Pi Sells Out In Minutes
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  • mika7367

    What a great thing except for the HDMI bit. So now children can afford a cut down programmable kit but then have to shell out for a monitor/tv with HDMI support? Perhaps I haven’t read the specks correctly.

    • dlove

      Not only is HDMI the new standard for graphics, but you can get adapters quite cheaply for use with other interfaces, and the Raspberry Pi has an Analog RCA Output.