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Figures Suggest Raspberry Pi Sales Nearing One Million

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Numbers from one manufacturer point to million unit milestone being crossed before Raspberry Pi turns one.

Raspberry Pi was originally intended to be a low cost PC aimed at teaching young children the ins and outs of computer programming. However, the cheap and cheerful board captured the hearts of developers and PC enthusiasts the world over and demand for Raspberry Pi was high. This month, the Raspberry Pi Foundation revealed some early details on sales figures.

Writing on the official Raspberry Pi blog, Liz Upton from the RPF writes that one of the two manufacturers of Raspberry Pi has churned out 500,000 units so far. If this figure has been matched by the other manufacturer (which hasn't yet offered any information on its own units), the Raspberry Pi Foundation has surpassed one million units in under one year.

Responding to comments, Liz said, "I'm quietly confident that we’ll have hit the million mark by the time Feb 28 rolls around – our first birthday!" What's more, despite the fact that Raspberry Pi has attracted the attention of all kinds of people, the Foundation reckons about 20 percent of units are in the hands of children.

It’s kids rather than schools that we think are important (for a lot of people, learning at home and on your own schedule works better)," Liz told one commenter, adding, "We think that about 20 percent of them (that’s a LOT of units) are in the hands of kids."

So far, $17.5 million has been generated in Raspberry Pi sales.

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    jaber2 , January 17, 2013 3:14 PM
    Why not sell it as kits, kids like to put things together
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    loops , January 17, 2013 4:09 PM
    At this point someone should make a RPI "App store".
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    WithoutWeakness , January 17, 2013 4:38 PM
    loopsAt this point someone should make a RPI "App store".

    It exists already. Only 38 apps so far but it's been growing since it first started.

    http://store.raspberrypi.com/
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    madooo12 , January 17, 2013 5:05 PM
    jaber2Why not sell it as kits, kids like to put things together

    well I doubt most kids can solder stuff and make OSes
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    d_kuhn , January 17, 2013 6:41 PM
    I ordered two to play with last week... the boards are on backorder but the cool Adafruit clear lexan cases and connectivity kits showed up already (has a cable to breakout the IO and connect to a wiring board along with a power supply and cables).
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    LordConrad , January 17, 2013 9:07 PM
    I'll stick with my ODROID-U2. It costs a little more, but has a much more capable processor. The Raspberry Pi is great for learning, but it's capabilities are severely limited by its weak CPU.
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    master_chen , January 18, 2013 1:14 PM
    Hell yeah. I friggin' love Raspberry Pi, it's awesome. I really wish for good, healthy life for Raspberry Pi, I really do.
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    d_kuhn , January 18, 2013 3:05 PM
    Quote:
    I'll stick with my ODROID-U2. It costs a little more, but has a much more capable processor. The Raspberry Pi is great for learning, but it's capabilities are severely limited by its weak CPU.


    Depends on the application... you can run it with a small solar cell - that makes it very interesting for power sensitive remote sensing apps.