Raspberry Pi too tasty as huge demand crashes sites
The Pi is about the size of a man’s hand.
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This has been developed to make it possible for every child in school to get one and to learn how to program a computer.
All proceeds from the project are going to charity as the circuitboard was created by volunteers headed by computer technician Eben Upton at Cambridge university in London.
Demand for a new miniature computer designed to interest children in coding sent the websites selling the product crashing earlier today – just hours after it went on sale.
The Raspberry Pi runs from a Linux operating system.The Raspberry Pi – which costs just £22 – is being hailed as a revolutionary new device that could create a new generation of programmers.
It is a rudimentary open circuit board that, once connected to a monitor, mouse and keyboard, works as a conventional computer.
Using this, Pi is designed to get children into computing coding, a trend that was sparked by the BBC Micro and Sinclair Spectrum in the 1980s.
The £22 model on sale today [Wednesday 29/2/12 ] is actually the pricier version of Raspberry Pi – a stripped-down £16 model will go on sale later this year.
The circuitboard can be plugged into older analogue television sets as well as digital counterparts and it harnesses power from mobile phone chargers.