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Despite Media Confusion, Raspberry Pi Boards Still On Schedule 57

Posted by Soulskill
from the if-it's-not-one-thing dept.
Last Friday, an article in Eurogamer about the Raspberry Pi's upcoming release threw a wrench in the mental gears of anyone hoping to soon order one of the long-awaited (and much anticipated) boards, which had been expected to be ready for orders sometime this month. The piece was based on an interview with David Braben — since picked up, and subsequently corrected, by others as well — and it gave the impression both that a sudden delay had cropped up in the schedule (so that the boards wouldn't be available for consumers until September), and that the price might rise as well. The Raspberry Pi site says that both of these were mistaken, and clarifies (with some bold print, even): "You will be able to buy a Raspberry Pi from the end of February, from this website. The 'consumer release' that Eurogamer is talking about is actually the educational release, which, as you’ll be aware if you’ve been hanging out on our forums, will come with a kid-targetted software stack, a heap of written support materials, and a standard case." That educational version sounds like it's got enough value added to justify a higher price and a longer wait, but you can unwrench those gears if you're just interested in the plain (unboxed) board instead.
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Despite Media Confusion, Raspberry Pi Boards Still On Schedule

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  • It runs Linux ... I want one!
    • by Anonymous Coward
      At $35 for a computer with a working hdmi port and gpio's, I'd want one even if it didn't.
  • I have a feeling these things are going to sell out fast - hopefully the Foundation was able to accurately predict the demand, or can ramp up production quickly.

    Translation: I'm really excited about this, and suspect a lot of other people will be too.

    • This is just the first batch, it's expected to sell out very fast. They've done what they can to get as many people one (IE: limit one per customer until supply catches up with demand) but Slashdot alone likely has 10,000 readers that plan to buy one, never mind the rest of the world.

      On the bright side, if there's any glaring flaws, they'll likely be caught in the first batch and corrected in time for the next batch.

      • by dgatwood (11270)

        This is just the first batch, it's expected to sell out very fast. They've done what they can to get as many people one (IE: limit one per customer until supply catches up with demand) but Slashdot alone likely has 10,000 readers that plan to buy one, never mind the rest of the world.

        Maybe. Then again, they may find that most of their potential buyers have projects in mind that require more than one unit. For example, I need a minimum of three just to get started with the project I have in mind.

        • Thus why it's just limited to one per person at first... later batches will have a much higher maximum, if any. For now it's more about getting it to as many different people as possible.

          • by dgatwood (11270)

            I think you missed my point, which was that it may not sell out quickly because a lot of folks may elect to wait to buy their first unit until after those quantity limits are lifted.

  • come on, guys.

    do we have to know about each new milestone, such as 'they just soldered R234 in place!' (making that one up).

    these micro-updates don't really belong here. there is such a thing is too much pushing of a product.

    the thing will sell well, but please stop blatantly trying to get the name in the news every other week, ok?

    • by Narishma (822073)

      Why don't you just stop reading these updates if you're not interested in them?

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      such as 'they just soldered R234 in place!'

      They did? SCHWEET!. That's a huge milestone.

      (making that one up).

      WTF? Dammit. You had me going. I was completely looking forward to the completion of the soldering of the entire R200 series.

      Meanie.

      these micro-updates don't really belong here. there is such a thing is too much pushing of a product.
      the thing will sell well, but please stop blatantly trying to get the name in the news every other week, ok?

      You're just mad because it's not a bitcoin story.

    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      do we have to know about each new milestone, such as 'they just soldered R234 in place!' (making that one up).

      Yes.

      these micro-updates don't really belong here. there is such a thing is too much pushing of a product.

      This is one of the hottest new computers in years, which is hilarious to boot because it is so poorly-featured compared to all the other hottest new computers. I want all the micro-updates.

    • by Alioth (221270)

      Raspberry Pi news is *very much* news for nerds, it is very much the very core of what Slashdot is about. If you don't like it, then perhaps Slashdot isn't the site for you.

      You can always just not read the stories.

  • Let's hope that when the Foundation goes back to their supplier and asks for the next run, much larger, that their supplier doesn't explain how things just got more popular^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hexpensive, darn, the price went up. Our bad.

    Ack.

  • Does that mean "Elite 4" is finally going to be produced on Raspberry PI Platform? Joking apart, I did not realize until I read this /. article and the related wikipedia page, that Inspector Braben was behind it. Kudos for him.
  • What medio confusion? Last I heard, they started producing, and everything was smooth. Or did I miss an article?

  • I have multiple projects planned already. The first is to use it as a very cheap, simple router. I have a zyxel wireless AP, but it won't accept USB tethered cell phones as WAN connections. So I'm going to use the cell phones as usb modems to the rasberry pi and use the pi as an ethernet gateway to the zyxel.
    The next project is to use the rasberry pi + old monitors as thin clients to my servers. That way I can monitor them from my desk without going through a full computer. (Other option is to buy che

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