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A Least Half a Million Raspberry Pis Sold 212

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hypnosec writes "The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that it could have sold over a million units of its credit-card-sized computer, the Raspberry Pi. Announcing the achievement, the foundation wrote that one of its distributors, Element14, has sold over half a million units of the Raspberry Pi, and even though the foundation doesn't have up-to-date figures from its other distributor, RS Components, it is expecting to have sold its millionth unit of the computer."
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A Least Half a Million Raspberry Pis Sold

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  • by Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @12:13PM (#42532971) Homepage
    They aren't a killer app type of product, they are something that a hobbyist can play around with. At $25 or $35 they are almost disposable and can be the basis for all sorts of projects. They are small, portable, and don't require much power, and cheap. I want to see if I can create a RTK like setup (it won't be realtime) but need to first find some USB GPS receivers that will dump the raw data instead of already processed data.
  • by Grench (833454) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @12:23PM (#42533105) Homepage Journal

    It's an educational product - a little Linux computer that is designed to be cheap (major plus-point for schools) and provide all the tools necessary to learn about computing and programming. It has a kind of "Geek Port" on it (a bit like the old BeBox did) where you can connect up all kinds of electronic breadboards (homebrew or shop-bought) and you can use the Pi to interface with these things. Car-PC guys have been going nuts over the Pi, for instance.

    My own Pi is for Samba4 - I currently have an old budget AMD-powered box that used for running Win2003 server to provide Active Directory, file/print, and some SNMP polling for my Cisco routers (via Cacti) - it is basically idle, yet draws a lot more power than the Pi does, and takes up a hell of a lot more space than the Pi does, and makes a lot more noise than the Pi does. I shut that server down every night because it's too wasteful of electricity - not so the Pi, so I'll also be installing a TACACS and RADIUS server on it so I can teach myself about those technologies. I am also using this as a way to teach myself about Linux as I've never really had much success with it so far. It seems to be quite a capable little machine - the processor isn't as powerful as the one in my old Win2K3 box but it doesn't need to be in order to get the job done.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @12:28PM (#42533193)

    So many uses so little time. I love my Pi, and am planning on buying one or two more.

      It has programmable pins !!! which can be used to switch relay s and control electronics, no weird usb breakout box needed. If you end up frying it, your only out $35 or $25.

    It is an amazing video player, pushes 1080p H264&MPEG2, with Dolby digital without a sweat (mpeg2 license cost about $2). Run XMBC on it and you can control it with the TVs remote, The best support of CEC I have ever seen. I am in the process of using mine as a dvr.

    It takes only 2 watts to power!! Perfect server for a low traffic website. Cheap to keep running 24/7. Plus its completely solid state so no fan issues, no noise.

    True there are other options out there for all of this, but none of them have the wealth of documentation, or community support that the Pi has.

  • by Andy Prough (2730467) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @12:53PM (#42533539)
    Even a jailbroken AppleTV appears to do little more than work as an XBMC streaming device. Raspberry Pi has so many more applications - it's a general computing device.
  • by Patch86 (1465427) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @01:43PM (#42534083)

    Depends on what you consider to be a "killer app" I suppose. I have mine running Debian as a very cheap, very low power-draw "always on" computer for my home network, to mastermind a few background tasks, run a few low intensity "server" applications, and to act as an SSH-able gateway to my home network. You wouldn't be able to find much better for that sort of task for $35.

    I've also used mine to run RISC OS 5, which runs beautifully on it. For anyone nostalgic for that old system, there is no better way to put together a fully functioning replica of your old Acorn boxes using modern hardware.

    Really though, it's not about "killer apps". As sibling posters have said, it's about having computers so cheap that you can use them in any old hobby project, regardless of how idle the project or how likely it is to accidentally destroy the hardware. If that doesn't appeal to you, it probably isn't worth buying one.

  • by kelemvor4 (1980226) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @02:50PM (#42534851)

    AppleTV, like RPi has arm processor, GPU, ehternet and USB. Unlike RPi it also has a case and PSU. It only costs $100. Now all they need to do is open it up to apps.

    That sounds about right. 400% more expensive, fancy casing, apple logo, more limited functionality than the competition. They'll sell millions most likely.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @03:36PM (#42535801)

    The way you phrase that question sounds like you don't want to hear an answer.

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