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Raspberry Pi closes in on 2.3 million sales

Rush on hobbyist computer
Mon Dec 23 2013, 15:53
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POCKET COMPUTING rocket, the Raspberry Pi has had a strong December sales patch and is now close to a total of 2.3 million units sold.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation took some time to reach sales of one million and not much more time to reach two million. Now, in the run up to Xmas sales are coming thick and fast.

Foundation head Eben Upton spoke of the numbers on Twitter. "Phew. Looks like another 10K @Raspberry_Pi units just arrived at Farnell. We survived the Christmas rush :)" he said in a tweet earlier today.

Later he added, "We'll have to tot up in the New Year, but this month looks like a record. We might make it to 2.3 million by end of December."

Upton added that the Pi store on the Foundation's pages, where a very decent £75 starter kit is on sale, is closed for the season.

Farnell still has Pi computers in stock, however, in case you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift. "Going to be a very geeky Christmas in a lot of homes," added Upton. A basic Pi system, just the Pi itself, will cost you around £35.

Back in November the firm said it had expected to sell two million units by Spring 2014.

"We calculated that we might, if we were lucky, reach the second million around January 2014, or slightly afterwards – we were confident we'd get there by the end of February 2014," said head of communications Liz Upton.

"So it was a bit of a shock at the end of last week when we got the latest sales figures and discovered that the two millionth Raspberry Pi was sold in the last week of October."

This is better news than that which greeted the firm over the weekend. It learned on Saturday that access to its page, and other related websites, was being blocked by the newly installed content filters that have been popularised by the government and the ISPs. µ

 

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