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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But they are not hobbyist boards. They are primarily intended as educational boards for teaching children and therefore the setup will be geared towards purchase by educational institutions, not individuals. You may argue that the educational side isn't coming in until later in the year, but why have the added cost of differing distribution mechanisms?

The fact that they double as hobbyist boards is just a very nice bonus.

The designers themselves have made statements to the contrary. The fact that they do serve as hobbyist boards is part of the way they want to spark interest and imagination in young people. They've referred to their own creation as a "toy for people to experiment and play with". They're well aware of the reality of the interest in the device itself and know full on that their potential customer base is both in the education sector, AND hobbyists, enthusiasts, and the curious.

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