Raspberry Pi is the name given to an ultra-low-cost computer that went on sale recently for just $35. The bare-bones PC, which is built to run a few different flavors of Linux, is capable of hooking up to a mouse, keyboard, HDTV and Ethernet. Initial interest has been strong -- the first batch quickly sold out.
Frantic buyers cleaned out the shelves of two UK retailers offering a small US$35 Linux computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
The credit-card-sized device, which is named after the foundation, plugs into a TV and a keyboard. It can be used to work on spreadsheets, play games, and do word processing, and can also play high-definition video.
The Raspberry Pi supports the Python and Perl programming languages. It runs Linux kernel languages.
Farnell experienced a 300 percent increase in Web traffic and had more than 600 registrations of interest, visits or pre-orders per second, according to a message retweeted by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.