Raspberry Pi - release date tomorrow?

28-02-2012

Here at Framework Towers we've been keeping a keen eye on developments on the Raspberry Pi project - and according to the teaser posted yesterday on the landing page at www.raspberrypi.org it looks like we are about to see the release of this fantastic piece of kit into the wild. Announcement will happen at 0600h GMT on Wednesday 29 February 2012.

Update, 17 May:

Yay - we've finally received an invitation to order a Raspberry Pi!

Update, 02 May:

Still no Raspberry Pi :(

I thought we were pretty quick with getting our orders in, but clearly not as quick as the 700 who have already received their kit.

"Our second batch of Raspberry Pi's is currently being put together, and we're expecting it in next week. We'll be inviting the next 4,000 people in our queue to come into the Raspberry Pi store and place their order very soon."

Will we be one of the 4,000? Let's hope so....

Update, 23 March:

RS Online have sent out an update to registered parties - good to know they're taking a measured approach and keeping people informed as to why. No complaints from us that their main concern is quality over quantity!

Welcome to the latest Raspberry Pi update from RS Components!

Much has been happening behind the scenes since you received our last update, not least the start of compliance testing on the Raspberry Pi.

Why are we doing this? Compliance testing is an essential part of bringing any electronic product to market. The Raspberry Pi is being tested to make sure it conforms to all the regulations that apply to electronic devices around the world. This means that we can be sure the Raspberry Pi we deliver to you meets the correct standards and is as safe as you would expect any electronic device you purchase to be.

We're working with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to manage the testing process as quickly as possible, while ensuring all tests are carried out to guarantee safety. More information is being posted on the Raspberry Pi website , as well as on our own FAQ pages rswww.com or DesignSpark. We're also regularly tweeting updates on progress. Follow @RSElectronics on twitter to catch the latest news.

Alongside this, we've also been contacting the first group of people who registered for a Raspberry Pi from RS, to help us plan delivery of the initial batch of boards. In next week's update, we'll provide more information on how we're managing the queue and the order process.

Update, 9 March:

Aaargh - looks like we'll be waiting a while longer yet - manufacturing mistake delays shipping of first batch of Raspberry Pi's.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/781

 

Update, 6 March:

Looks like we're on a waiting list... Had the following email from RS Components over the weekend..

Dear Customer
Thank you for joining the Raspberry Pi revolution and registering your interest in Raspberry Pi's Model B board from RS Components.
We have received extraordinary levels of demand for this product. To help ensure as many people as possible can experience the Raspberry Pi concept, we are limiting boards to one per customer, and we will send you further information on your request in the next seven days. Once we receive the boards into stock, they will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis, in order of when requests were received.
Thank you for your patience; we will be in touch as soon as possible with more details.

RS Components

 

Update, 29 February: Early o'clock:

RS Components and Premier Farnell are now taking registrations of interest...

screen grab from RS Components - raspberry pi - registration successful

I think we'll have a competition in the office to see who can come up with the best custom case in which to mount their Raspberry Pi.

If you send us your Raspberry Pi custom enclosure photos by email to raspberrypi@frameworktraining.co.uk we'll display our favourites as they arrive!

 

28 February... We're nearly there

Here at Framework Towers we've been keeping a keen eye on developments on the Raspberry Pi project - and according to the teaser posted yesterday on the landing page at www.raspberrypi.org it looks like we are about to see the release of this fantastic piece of kit into the wild. Announcement will happen at 0600h GMT on Wednesday 29 February 2012.

Raspberyy Pi QR

For those of you who have not yet come across the project I'll give you some background.

The early generations of home computers (Sinclair ZX81/Spectrum, Acorn BBC Microcomputer, Commodore 64) encouraged a hands-on approach to writing programs using BASIC and Assembly languages and the significant hardware restrictions fostered a highly-creative  approach to resource management.
As home PCs have become more sophisticated and powerful, programming has become increasingly abstracted from the hardware, and the relatively-limitless resources available have not encouraged the same level of programming efficiency and creativity.
As a result around 7 or 8 years ago it became apparent that there was a significant drop-off in the computer coding skills of the most recent generation of computer science undergraduates which could have a seriously detrimental effect on the UK software development industries in the long term.

The Raspberry Pi project was established as a charitable foundation with the aim of producing a simple and exceptionally cheap microcomputer to inspire children to program once again.

The final product takes the form of case-less PCB offering USB, Ethernet and HDMI connectivity with the graphics capability of a first-gen Xbox console and the general performance equivalent of a Pentium 2 300MHz PC.

The operating system is Linux-kernel based; Debian GNU/Linux, Iceweasel and Calligra Suite will be bundled with the Raspberry Pi.
Python will be used as the native programming language - this was chosen for its suitability as a 'first' programming language ideally suited for budding developers.

The truly amazing aspect of this project is the pricing. Two versions are available - the highest spec machine (250MB RAM plus Ethernet port) will retail for $35 plus local taxes.

We'll certainly be buying a few of these for us to play around with in the office, and perhaps we'll provide a Raspberry Pi for each delegate to use during our Python training courses (and take them home with them at the end of the week!).

 

 

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