First Raspberry Pi computers arrive in schools
By Stewart Mitchell
Posted on 13 Apr 2012 at 16:00
The Raspberry Pi computer has finally started shipping, with some going to a school today and others expected to be delivered this weekend.
The cheap computer, intended to breathe life back into programming, has seen huge demand, crashing sites when it first went on sale. However, the first shipment has taken time to arrive, following delays with certification and a component problem.
According to a BBC report, the first units went into a school in Leeds today, with the £16 ARM-powered devices given to students to be used to teach programming.
The units are being distributed by RS Components and Premier Farnell, the latter of which said it was receiving a batch of the devices today and would be shipping to pre-order customers as soon as possible.
On its website, Raspberry Pi staffers posed for photos loading devices into the back of a car for delivery, with the charity saying: “One of those boxes might have your Raspi in it.”
Not holding my breath
Given that my last communication from Farnell was "congratulations, you'll get your Raspberry Pi in mid May" and that this was before the certification issue, I'm not anticipating an imminent delivery. Why give them to school kids first anyway? They'll only try to hack the headteacher's email with it whereas I'll use one for much more practical purposes...
By KevPartner on 13 Apr 2012
I've given up
RS haven't even sent me this week's "more next week" email.
At least I'll have a nice Xmas surprise when I finally see the good news in my inbox. Might even have a bit more poke by then.
By dubiou on 14 Apr 2012
I agree with mrmmm - MSE for me, simple and unobtrusive
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It's a nice point, but you could argue that we had a democratic say by electing the government that agreed the ridiculous treaty.
By Laurent on 19 Apr 2012
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