THE DIMINUTIVE Raspberry Pi computer is now available for general ordering and restrictions on how many can be bought by each individual customer have been lifted.
Since the Raspberry Pi was first demonstrated the interest in the cut-price computer has been so high that it has taken months for the manufacturers to meet demand. While the Raspberry Pi team, along with resellers RS Components and Element 14, have yet to get on top of the demand, both resellers have opened up the Raspberry Pi for general orders and removed the one per customer limit.
However, although both RS Components and Element 14 are taking orders, neither firm will deliver the device immediately. RS Components said it expects that orders placed now will not be delivered until the end of September, while Element 14 claims that it can deliver within five weeks.
Even though RS Components and Element 14 are still unable to supply Raspberry Pi units for next day delivery, according to the Raspberry Pi Foundation 4,000 devices are being made every day. That figure highlights that tremendous demand exists for a small but highly efficient computer.
Both distributors offer the Raspberry Pi Model B for prices just shy of £30. µ