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Tiny Raspberry Pi Computer Goes On Sale For $35

Submitted by on March 1, 2012 – 4:17 pmNo Comment

The credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer went on sale yesterday for $35, selling out in hours and almost immediately crashing the company’s website.

The Raspberry Pi is really just a circuit board, but packs all of the computing power of a larger system onto it’s tiny frame. The device’s more expensive form, Model B, includes two USB ports and an ethernet port, in addition to hook ups for TV, audio, video, and a standard USB charger. The system runs on Linux, a free and open source operating system; keyboard and monitor are not included.

According to CNN, the device was designed to encourage computer programming skills, especially in children. It was developed by a group of programmers in Cambridge (UK), who were discouraged by the lack of qualified applicants to programming courses at Cambridge University.

For now, eager customers will have to add their names to the wait list; and at least one distributor has announced it will only ship in the UK.

Will you be ordering a Raspberry Pi?

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