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A Least Half a Million Raspberry Pis Sold 212

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 Muad'Dave ( 255648 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @11:59AM (#42532755) Homepage

    Curse duplicate articles - I always end up posting in the wrong one []. In that post you'll see a couple of things I use them for. I also plan on making a sporadic-E [] monitor for 6m, 2m, and 70cm amateur bands. That way it can ping me when there's DX afoot.

    • by vlm ( 69642 )

      Like []

      Or do you mean a map maker, or something that actually gathers the raw data?

      • B. something that actually gathers the raw data.

        I love and use that site and am subscribed to get alerts. The problem is that I get alerts for openings where I can't hear anything as well as no alert when there's an opening I can use. If I scan the SSB portions of those bands, I can tell when there's an opening at my QTH, and maybe even include an audio snippet in the email. I could also include what stations the cluster 'heard' in the freq that popped my local squelch. If I wanted to have my house look lik

        • by vlm ( 69642 )

          maybe even include an audio snippet in the email.

          Maybe if you SDR'd it you could include an image. I've always wondered what 6 looks like during a big opening during a contest. I already know what it sounds like...

          Also sometimes you can ID beacons looking at a waterfall. I've done that on 20m.

    • They could have sold many times that if they'd actually upped production so we could buy them.

  • by Andy Prough ( 2730467 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @12:00PM (#42532783)
    You know Jobs must have left detailed plans for it.
  • I got a Raspberry Pi for xmas. There was a point in my life where this would have been the coolest thing ever, but right now, I'm kind of wondering what to do with it. This is further complicated by the fact that the only HDMI display in the house is the living room TV.

    About the only thing I've come up with is maybe putting XBMC on it so I can stream videos off my home server. However, that would require running some network cables to the TV first. Is there a decent WiFi adapter for this thing?

    • by niado ( 1650369 )

      Is there a decent WiFi adapter for this thing?

      There is a list here []

    • Some of the various XBMC distros for the Pi have *limited* built-in wifi adapter support.

      Personally I just installed XBMC (from a PPA) on top of standard Raspbian (which already supported my USB wifi adapter). As long as your adapter is supported by Debian, you should be OK doing this.

    • I got one, hooked it up to a USB webcam, and set up a cron job to do time lapse photography. There's a utility to stitch together a bunch of stills into video, which you can actually run on the Pi itself.
    • by heckler95 ( 1140369 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @12:20PM (#42533067)
      Adafruit [] has a great series of lessons on how to get it setup and examples of some interesting uses. They also have a ton of useful accessories, cases, etc.

      I've done a few Arduino-like experiments using their Pi Cobbler breakout board. I got mine to output status information (date/time, IP Address, network stats) and/or a twitter feed on a cheap 16x2 LCD display. With a cheap wifi dongle and one of those USB emergency cellphone chargers for power, it's completely independent of wires, so I'm thinking about adding some motors and maybe a few IR sensors to create a basic rover. Once you get the distro setup to auto-login and install TightVNC server and enable SSH, you just need to give it a network connection to control it remotely from a PC. I only hooked mine up to an HDMI TV once on first boot to get those things running. Now I just turn it on and wait for the IP to appear on the LCD display and SSH or VNC into it.

      I agree that initially it was tough to come up with useful things to do with it, but the Adafruit tutorials went a long way toward inspiring me and walking me through the more mundane details of taking care of the basics (SSH, VNC, WiFi, etc.) so that you can focus on actually doing something cool with it. You can also search around for BeagleBone or Arduino + Ethernet Shield projects for ideas since the Pi can do most of what those can at a fraction of the price. Good luck!
      • No points so i just want to thank you for posting this. Adafruit is really pushing education right now, I have great respect for that woman.
    • Just get a wireless bridge and plug it into that. As a benefit, if you get one of those and a switch setup behind your living room TV you'll be able to get anything you want from that area connected to your home LAN without ever having to worry about purchasing separate wireless adapters.

    • Well, it depends on what things you want to automate, really.

      You could plug in any old 802.11b wifi adapter and drive the TV making it an information display of some sort. What do you like displayed? Current train timetable, weather forecast, news?

      Rpi + old nokia cellphone and you interact with it via SMS or something. That will even work while the power is out / will draw much less power than leaving your internet connection on when you're out.

      Make a time lapse video of something interesting, using an old

    • I use a Tenda $10 wifi adapter and it works great, although SSH drops off a lot faster then wired.
    • by gQuigs ( 913879 )

      Lucky :).. I don't have any HDMI displays in the house.

      I also got one for xmas. I may try using it as a headless always on server though. Although we are looking at buying a TV now... primarily so I can use my $35 Pi.

    • For me, I've got a Raspberry Pi hooked up to an ODAC/O2 (audiophile DAC/amp) in a comfortable location for listening to music with headphones. Connected to Wifi, it reads the music from a NAS in another room and runs a mpd server controlled by my phone or tablet.

      It's really nice to have a noiseless, compact music server that can be hidden away rather easily.

      • Good idea. I've got a whole house sound system that's not really being utilized. Right now, I just plug in my cell phone and use that as a music server. Thanks.

    • by samkass ( 174571 )

      Amazon sells inexpensive HDMI-to-DVI or RGB cables. I got mine for like $12.

    • You can get an HDMI to SVGA/DVI/Display port converters for pretty cheap so you can hook it to any monitor you want. I also picked up a 802.11N 2.4Ghz WiFi adapter from AirLink for less than $10. I got both at Amazon.

  • 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.

  • Then billions and billions of pi's would be sold.

  • by Rogerborg ( 306625 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @12:57PM (#42533591) Homepage
    Time to debug those very small shell scripts that you used to replace the "editors".
  • Sold vs. Shipped (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Sold and shipped are two very different things.

    Isn't that right, RS Components??? []

  • A board. I need a rasberry Pi A. I also want a higher horsepower version.. I have been using the A13 based olimex boards that overclock to 1.6ghz nicely (1.8 if you add a heatsink) to do a LOT more than the RasPi's do for higher power projects.

  • by jbr439 ( 214107 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @01:45PM (#42534113)

    I see people successfully using Raspberry Pi as a xbmc box. I'm wondering if anyone is using it as a MythTV frontend?

  • Cubieboard (Score:2, Interesting)

    by MSG ( 12810 )

    Funny thing, I ordered a cubieboard this morning before this story was posted: []

    Two of my roommates have RPis. One of them has two of them. I watched them both struggle with the RPi units when they were first setting them up. Those things are god awful. Graphics requires a binary blob, and the USB power source causes a lot of stability problems. Since the Ethernet is attached by USB, this normally manifests by the Ethernet dropping off, the kernel spewing messages about it, and the

  • Got my PI Monday and got it setup with Asterisk 11 and FreePBX 3 beta. The site has a prebuilt image and from there you can easily update to the latest versions. This is going to be mainly for testing/playing at home, but I may deploy one to setup a small 4 DID/10 extenstion FreePBX install to supplement an old POTS pbx.

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