Raspberry Pi retailers swamped by demand
Demand for $25 Linux computer on a stick is so high two U.K. sites buckle under traffic pressure on launch day.
Remember that credit card-size computer that runs Linux and goes for just $25?
After the product, the British Raspberry Pi Foundation, which created the ARM-powered computer, finally put it up on sale via two U.K.-based electronics component retailers yesterday. Both sites promptly buckled under the resulting Web traffic.
Even the Raspberry Pi Web site has been changed to a static site due to the heavy load.
While the Raspberry Pi launched with a single $25 Model A, there's also a higher-end $35 Model B, which has an additional Ethernet port and two USB 2.0 jacks. The $25 Model A is "going into production immediately" and will also be getting a boost in memory, from 128MB to 256MB. Both versions are powered by an ARM11 processor running at 700MHz with a graphics chip capable of decoding high-definition videos.
Although the Raspberry Pi project was conceived as a low-cost computer that could children to learn programming, it clearly appears to have attracted a following among hobbyists, too.