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Raspberry Pi Hits 2 Million Units Sold

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Charity passes milestone months ahead of schedule.

Early in October, the Raspberry Pi Foundation marked a special milestone. The charity revealed that one million Raspberry Pis have been manufactured in the UK. Now, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is celebrating another huge milestone. The charity announced over the weekend that it has now sold two million of its Raspberry Pi boards. This is up from 1.75 million in early October.

"We never thought we;d be where we are today when we started this journey," RPF's Liz Upton said in a blog post published Sunday morning. "It's down to you, our amazing community, and we're very, very lucky to have you. Thanks!"

Upton writes that it took almost a year to reach the one million unit milestone, and so they expected the second million would take just as long. That put the Raspberry Pi Foundation on track to sell two million by January 2014 the charity said it was confident that February would bring news of the two millionth Raspberry Pi. Instead, Raspberry Pi number 2,000,000 was sold in October. Though RPF doesn't know who has it, if you bought yours between October 24 and October 31, it might be you.

Raspberry Pi was made available for purchase in February of 2012 with a one-per-customer limit to ensure there were enough to go around. The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced in October that, after gradually moving all production of Raspberry Pis to a Sony in South Wales, all of the Raspberry Pis are now being made in the UK.

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    shine8210 , November 19, 2013 12:40 AM
    This just puts a smile on my face knowing a lot of programing is going on right now.
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    teh_chem , November 19, 2013 5:40 AM
    It's a fun little bit of hardware. I originally got it to further my linux and python education in a hardware-oriented fashion, but instead the RPi has ended up running XBMC in the bedroom for streaming from our local network instead. I've decided I'm less of a coder, and more of a user. :)  But the developer and community support of this platform is nothing short of impressive.
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    chumly , November 19, 2013 5:57 AM
    Bitcoin is over $500 and these are used for mining rigs, due to low power cost. That's what's driving the sale of these, I think.
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    mman74 , November 19, 2013 4:50 PM
    Pah, PS4 sold 1 million on 1 day on 1 market. :p 
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    yay , November 19, 2013 5:04 PM
    I will be buying 3 more by the end of the year for various uses.
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    teh_chem , November 20, 2013 10:14 AM
    Bitcoin is over $500 and these are used for mining rigs, due to low power cost. That's what's driving the sale of these, I think.

    Yeah...I don't think bitcoin mining has any impact on RPi sales. Besides, in that example the RPi isn't doing any of the mining, it's just what the person used to monitor their mining modules. Not to mention the person is getting less than a third of the coins per day that they were getting using a GPU. I don't know how much power a mining 7850 draws, but I would guess that people who care about bitcoins would rather get 3x in the same period of time.
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    shaneOrules , December 7, 2013 7:58 PM
    Whoa! 2,000,000 Raspberry Pis sold and growing!!! I mean sure they're useful... but not that useful!!! Now I don't know much about bitcoin mining but I'm assuming that it is a lot like gold mining. So all I have to say is that I am sure for every bitcoin found by a raspberry pi, I'm sure that it wastes a bunch of resources and time to make up for the money spent on the robot that the RPi company makes out of raspberry pis and spare or leftover components and scrap metal. they are probably losing more money than they are earning from the bitcoin mining. Because a robot, no matter it's function, is usually very expensive due to the fact that it is a robot. I'm sure each one of the RPi bots cost about 3 grand. That's why only mining industries can purchase them.
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    smeezekitty , December 7, 2013 11:35 PM
    I am mulling over purchasing one but some things that put me off are:
    HDMI port. That is very inconvenient because I do not have ANY HDMI inputs in the house.
    Atleast I could get a HDMI to DVI adapter. I wish it had more options for headless.

    The second is the GPIOs use 3.3V and most chips use 5v making interfacing at pain