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Top 10 Raspberry Pi highlights from its first year

Here are our favourite things about the budget Linux computer
Fri Mar 01 2013, 16:42

ONE YEAR AGO, the world was thrilled by the launch of the Raspberry Pi computer, an ARM based Linux computer aimed at getting school kids interested in technology and programming.

To celebrate the first anniversary of the Raspberry Pi, we’ve put together our favourite features and milestones for the little bare-bones Linux computer.

Raspberry Pi

One million and counting
The Raspberry Pi's sales of one million in a year is more akin to those of a consumer electronics device rather than a computer designed for enthusiasts.

Since the Raspberry Pi Foundation put the credit card sized computer on sale, distributors needed months to meet demand, yet consumers waited patiently for the device to arrive. It's no surprise to see why the firm was able to shift so many Raspberry Pi devices, the initial £25 price tag made it wallet friendly and the software and wider community showcased just how much can be done with the little bare-bones computer.

What a bargain
If the Raspberry Pi Foundation's goal of creating a £25 computer seemed, if you pardon the pun, pie in the sky, then its ability to design, manufacture and sell a slightly cut down version of the original board at just £19.80 is nothing short of astounding.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced its Model A board less than a year after the Model B, slashing the price by over 20 percent. While the Foundation cut the price, the specification of the Raspberry Pi Model A is almost identical to the first generation Raspberry Pi Model B, with 256MB RAM.

At less than £20, the Raspberry Pi offers a number of possibilities and a large amount of computing power for the money and makes computing even more accessible to those with limited budgets who want to play around with a real computer and learn vital skills.

 

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