THE RASPBERRY PI FOUNDATION has announced hardware sales of three million and a casual visit with the Queen for a bit of show and tell.
The Raspberry Pi computer has been a solid mover since its release and its sales have grown from one million to two million, and now three million.
The number was announced in a blog post written by Raspberry Pi Foundation communications head Liz Upton, who explained that things have gone well at Buckingham Palace and for the Raspberry Pi in general.
"Apart from the bit where someone who shall not be named yanked a power cable early, corrupting our Minecraft demo SD card, and apart from the bit where we nearly got shot by an angry close protection officer when we read the map wrong and tried to use the wrong gate, we had a very smooth time of it on Monday, when Craig, Eben and I rocked up at Buckingham Palace at 2pm to set up a demo stand for that evening's UK Tech Reception," she said.
Upton is pictured showing the Queen a Raspberry Pi and the Queen looks happy to see it. This is not the tiny computer's first brush with royalty, as Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, already has a Raspberry Pi and is rather familiar with it.
"It was very strange, and rather brilliant, to hear him introducing what we do to the Queen, and to talk to him about industrial applications for the Raspberry Pi," added Upton.
"Back in October, when Prince Andrew visited, we were celebrating the sale of our [two] millionth Raspberry Pi. [Today] we were able to announce the sale of the three millionth Raspberry Pi."
This number impressed the Duke of Edinburgh, a man known to be rather sharp with his words. "Your company is doing well?" he asked the tie-less Eben Upton. On hearing the positive news he added, "So you can afford to buy a bloody tie then."
Liz Upton said that the three millionth Raspberry Pi was sold last month. Eben Upton told us that the hardware is now rivaling sales of the veteran Amstrad CPC machine.
"We had a lot of fun at the palace," he said. "We are always impressed with the Duke of York's level of knowledge and enthusiasm about computing education."
According to Wikipedia, schoolboy favourite the Acorn BBC Micro shifted 1.5 million units back in the day. Wikipedia has Amstrad CPC sales at three million. The Raspberry Pi has been on sale for around £50, depending on your setup, for just over two years. µ
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