IN THE WAKE of the sell-out launch of the Raspberry Pi PC, uncertainty reigns over when the thousands of geeks who have placed orders will actually get their sweaty paws on the miniature marvels.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation points out that the devices are available at either Element14, er, Farnell, or RS Components, but warns that punters should "please be patient".
A post on the Element14 website sums up the public mood pretty well. It says, "RaspberryPi.org gone quiet - any news? I suspect after a long sleep they are having a stiff word with Farnell & RS."
Element14 reports that its initial stocks sold out more or less immediately following the launch, saying, "We've seen incredible levels of interest. Our initial stock has-amazingly-already sold out! Those of you who have already pre-ordered will receive an email in the next few days about your delivery timeline, and we will be one of the first sites to have more Raspberry Pi's in stock for those who haven't ordered yet."
Meanwhile, over at RS Components the company is asking would-be Raspberry Pi owners to register and "express an interest" in the devices. Once you've registered you will be notified when the devices finally ship from China. "We are expecting to receive our first deliveries very shortly, so will be in touch soon with ordering instructions," RS Components reports.
We have asked the Raspberry Pi Foundation to comment, but at the time of writing, all we have heard back is a deafening silence. But then again it did say they were going to the pub after the launch, so maybe that explains it. µ