Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Feb 2012 09:47 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems This morning, I experienced the nerd equivalent of a Black Friday $50 iPad sale. At 07:00 CET, the first batch of the much-anticipated Raspberry Pi went on sale, and while Raspberry Pi itself was very properly prepared, the two large international retailers actually selling the device weren't - despite warnings from Raspberry Pi about the enormous amount of traffic that would come their way, the two sites crumbled to dust within seconds. There's good news too - the cheaper model A has seen its RAM doubled at no additional cost.
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by bnolsen on Wed 29th Feb 2012 14:10 UTC
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I stayed up (11pm local) and went to the irc channel about 20 mins before. Messages were flying by and participation went up to over 400. Then the rpi static page went up and it got really crazy. About 10 mins after the channel apiked to almost 500. More than a few angry folks. I just went to bed, dreamt of pi and just woke up. It seems the final analysis was spot on, the rpi foundation left their suppliers out to dry with no direct links, etc.

Frankly they should have just randomly posted the announcement without all the hoopla, etc.

I hope to soon see something pi-like and open for ~50USD (incl case and power) with something armv7 based with a mali gpu and 512MB ram or so. IMHO the real market isn't for a gpu heavy embedded controller but for disposable computing. The rpi's gumstick design early last year IMHO should have beeen the version initially released since they desparately need software for this thing. You still could have paired it with an arduino or even a usb<->parallel cable.

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