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Raspberry Pi served at last

The budget PC aimed at bringing back programming is ready to ship after various manufacturing delays.

The oven timer has clicked off, and the Raspberry Pi is ready. The budget PC, which has been beset with manufacturing delays, is now finally shipping.

A group of schoolchildren in Leeds are the first to tuck in, according to the Raspberry Pi website. Head there and you can see a picture of the devices being loaded into a car to be shipped. If you got your order in early, you should receive your Pi by 20 April, according to the company that makes the device.

The £22 computer was delayed because the wrong component was soldered onto the circuit boards. Then the device had to undergo EMC testing last week, but thankfully it sailed through.

The devices were on their way to distributors yesterday, and customers should receive theirs within seven days. Providing they've already ordered.

Aimed at getting school kids interested in programming again, the Raspberry Pi is a budget PC that looks just like a circuit board. Despite looking a little basic, it's capable of outputting Blu-ray quality video to your TV via HDMI. Being about the size of a credit card, it fits easily in the palm of your hand, so is ideal for packing with you on trips (provided there's a monitor at your destination). And it costs just over £20. Madness.

Other specs include two USB 2.0 ports, 256MB RAM, and an Ethernet port. The processor is 700MHz, so don't expect awesome graphics, but it's ideal as a handy programming tool. Or a cheap as chips second computer. The device was announced at the end of February to huge interest. To find out more, check out our video on everything you need to know.

Will you be grabbing a knife and fork and digging in? What will you use your Pi for? And considering it costs just £22, should phone companies start producing lower-priced handsets to match? Let me know in the comments below, or over on our Facebook page.