THE GLORIOUS RASPBERRY PI COMPUTER has reached 10 million shipments just four and a half years after the first 10,000 units were produced by the small charitable computing outfit from Cambridge.
The 10 million number is official. We had a hint that it was coming when the INQUIRER was invited to a Raspberry Pi Foundation event at the House of Commons that has '10 million' in the title.
The Foundation made the official announcement on Twitter and in a blog post. It is good news, of course, and even the Foundation is surprised to be in this position so soon.
"When we started Raspberry Pi, we had a simple goal: to increase the number of people applying to study Computer Science at Cambridge," wrote Foundation founder Eben Upton.
"By putting cheap, programmable computers in the hands of the right young people, we hoped that we might revive some of the sense of excitement about computing that we had back in the 1980s with our Sinclair Spectrums, BBC Micros and Commodore 64s.
"At the time, we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to 10,000 units if we were lucky. There was no expectation that adults would use Raspberry Pi, no expectation of commercial success, and certainly no expectation that four years later we would be manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day in the UK, and exporting Raspberry Pi all over the world."
From 10,000 to 10 million is a huge leap and unfortunately we cannot do the maths. Upton is a genius, though, so he has that in hand.
"You can imagine how strange it feels to be able to announce that over the last four and a half years we've sold a grand total of 10 million Raspberry Pis," he said.
"Thanks to you, we've beaten our wildest dreams by three orders of magnitude, and we're only just getting started. Every time you buy a Raspberry Pi, you help fund our ongoing engineering work and our educational outreach programmes, including Code Club and Picademy."
To celebrate the Foundation has created a premium Pi package (above) that costs £99 and looks lovely. Included is a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, premium accessories and a guidebook. You can buy that through resellers including element14 and RS Components. µ
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