Linux Fans Gorge on Raspberry Pi

2012-Mar-01 | Tags: analysisarchdebianfedoraraspberrypi

Linux on ARMRaspberry 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 foundation entered into licensed manufacture partnerships with two British companies, Premier Farnell and RS Components, which will make and distribute Raspberry Pi devices on its behalf.

Raspberry Pi - ARM based Linux computer

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.

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