$35 Raspberry Pi Computer Overwhelms ManufacturerTurns out that everyone wants a piece of the pi. The Raspberry Pi, a tiny 700Mhz computer that starts at just $25.00, has managed to cripple the sites of its two retail options, and is already sold out on one site. The only reason the other site wasn’t sold out was because they hadn’t started selling the Pi yet. Oh, and the official Raspberry Pi site is currently a static page, to cut down on bandwidth usage from the insane amount of traffic.
The Raspberry Pi is a hobbyist’s dream. The dimunitive machine costs only $25.00 and yet comes with a 700Mhz processor, 256 MB of RAM, support for SD cards, the ability to decode HD video, and an RCA jack for hooking the thing up to your television or computer monitor. If you’re willing to pay $35.00, you can also get two USB ports and an Ethernet jack. You know, for networking the machine.
The Raspberry Pi, despite not being available to the general public, has already been a hit. There are dozens of projects using the credit card-sized computer, from media centers for your television to gaming consoles running Quake to arcade cabinets. The machine has proven to be quite impressive already.
You are going to have to work to get one for now, though. One retailer is down, but you can get one when they come through from RS Components. Or you could just wait until the second batch of models gets shipped out. But who knows how long that will take.