RASPBERRY PI has reached its first anniversary today.
The £22 bare-bones computer was unveiled to the world and went on sale on 29 February 2012, but as last year was a leap year we'll count today as its birthday, as is traditional. In its first year on sale, the Raspberry Pi has taken the world by storm.
The tiny Linux computer, which was developed as a way to enthuse school kids about technology and programming, has had a whirlwind first year. On its first day in the world, it managed to crash the websites of the two lucky British firms chosen to resell the machine, and then excited buyers were forced to wait for weeks before getting their hands on a Raspberry Pi as demand far outstripped supply.
Reviews of the machine were favourable, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation stuck to its goal of focusing on the education sector, rather than selling out to big corporations with a push for the enterprise market.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation team hooked up with various organisations to promote the Raspberry Pi to schools, appearing at events like the Bett technology in education show and developing teaching resources for the Raspberry Pi in lessons. The highlight came in January 2013, when Google announced it was making a donation of 15,000 Raspberry Pi computers to schools across the UK - and some lucky students even got a lesson taught by founder Eben Upton and Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt.
Upton was also rewarded for his efforts with an entry in the MIT 35 Innovators under 35 list, helping to raise the computer's profile even further, especially in the US.
And the Raspberry Pi's release has given a welcome boost for British manufacturing, with the foundation managing to secure a deal to bring back assembly of the computer from the Far East to a manufacturing plant in Wales.
We'll be putting together a more detailed article on the Raspberry Pi and its first year highlights for Friday, so please let us know what you love about it - or if there are improvements you'd like to see.
And thanks for the image of the Raspberry Pi in cake form to Martin Rößler and his team at Cafe Beer, and to the Element 14 community and Raspberry Pi distributor Premier Farnell for their handy Raspberry Pi infographic, shown below. µ