So its here, the Raspberry Pi has been revealed. The credit card sized ARM-based device is now available to the public
Sales are being handled by Premier Farnell and RS Components though 40 mins into launch I am yet to see any news off twitter from somebody successfully making a purchase as both companies sites are being totally hammered. Boy am I glad I’m not the tech monkey in charge of repairing this one.
Initally The Pi will be available in a single configuration known as the Model B which has two USB slots, 256MB of Ram, an HDMI connector, a SD memory card slot and an Ethernet port at the cost of 21.60.
Model A has been updated to include 256MB of ram, up from what was initially announced 128MB and will be available later on this year, around the educational launch.
Specs are now the same as Model B but the A doesn’t have ethernet and only 1 USB port.
You can purchase a Pi from either of the links bellow
Apparently according to the charities official twitter account Farnell could be have been out of stock as early as 6:25am.
As of 6:40 it has been announced that enthusiastic crowds baring torches have effectively DDOS’d both companies site. Brilliant little device wouldn’t you say? I can’t wait to get my hands on one and give it to the kids to see what they think.
It looks like Farnell has dropped this one… I just managed to connect to the shop and the Model B was listed as on sale for £14 but unavailable.
So many Pi fans are leaving the table unsatisfied, some even going as far as to slam the foundation for being unprepared. At least the foundations own website was able to handle the stress. It is a shame their partners couldn’t.
All jokes aside though, this is brilliant for the foundation. A DDoS on two companies and a total sellout (if I had to guess) in less than an hour so expect media coverage to follow. I mean more coverage other than from a pokey little site like this.
Now that I have gathered everything I needed for the day and was unable to get a Pi for the kids… Im going to bed. I’m not looking forward to seeing this page when I resurface… The abuse to written English will amaze me I’m sure.