200K Raspberry Pi Have Shipped

Raspberry Pi small cheap computers designed for students (and adult kids…) have nearly maxed-out production capacity of ~1million per annum. There are plans to ship an improved product including a case next year to schools which will likely require increased production capacity.

see Raspberry Pi shows Model A for the first time [Video] – The Inquirer.

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I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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7 Responses to 200K Raspberry Pi Have Shipped

  1. Terry says:

    I think not offering a linux veorisn is too bad. Perhaps it is just pointing to a need to offer some better support for linux in the form of faster updates, more recently refreshed repositories and perhaps some more thought on which apps get installed out of the box. Says: One of the things that drew me to the Eee in the first place was that it shipped with Linux. While it may require a slight learning curve with unfamiliar users, I think Asus did a good job with their veorisn of Xandros in regards to making it easy to use. Just because Windows is the most commonly used shouldn’t make it the standard.Mike Says: I agree with John. I have been using several distros of linux for some time,and think the problem is that linux software is unfamilair to the masses, so they think that linux is too prohibitive. Most don’t realize that everything that is done in windows can also be done using linux. I was excited about the fact that linux was being offered right at the oem level,but unfortunately popularity wins over quality once again.

  2. oiaohm says:

    Ted not really.
    The Linux netbooks are higher spec. If you want the cheap windows 7 starter license the netbook can only contain 1G of ram.

    Microsoft killed the decent performing net-books mostly. There are a few left.

  3. Chris Weig wrote, “Chris Weig”.

    I presume you mean a Wintel box. That’s not optimal for many classrooms. Think power outlets, flat spots, noise, heat etc. There’s a reason many classrooms have 0 or 1 PC. That’s all that will fit in a classroom built 30 years ago. Raspberry Pi fits in the space of a book, except for keyboard, monitor and mouse. Wall-mounted monitors help but there’s no wat an ATX PC works. Netbooks, maybe, but Wintel killed them off.

  4. Chris Weig says:

    The Raspberry Pi will never arrive IN schools. The geek crowd who uses it is much too self-centered for that to happen.

    I recommend real PCs.

    A school in my neighbourhood (Realschule and Gymnasium) has great success with Microsoft’s XNA Game Studio and some Xbox 360s (and this school is NOT affluent).

  5. Phenom wrote of Debian on Raspberry Pi: “needs to type startx to run LXDE”

    The device is developed using Debian. If the user wants a GUI, typing startx is an excellent idea. If the user needs a GUI always, he can put the command to start the GUI in /etc/rc.local or install the appropriate packages.

    The network is supported and gets an IP address.

    see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flqCRfHI3E0

    Here’s an example booting directly to a login GUI.

    It works very well, just not like a rocket. No one cares because the price is so low. Price/performance is a ratio. You get huge value per dollar with Raspberry Pi. The device is designed for beginners learning to programme and so forth. It’s perfect for “Hello, World!” stuff and still does lots of general pupose stuff.

  6. Phenom says:

    Pogson, let me share with you and your illustrous visitors the experience of a real Rasperry Pi owner
    (source here http://www.linux-bg.org/cgi-bin/y/index.pl?page=article&id=devs&key=446995655, but in Bulgarian)

    Tldr version of the key moments he had trying to install various linux distros on it:

    1. Debian Squeeze
    Boot time – 1:30 minutes. Boots in text mode, needs to type startx to run LXDE. Network wasn’t supported, HDMI sound was not working.

    2. Raspbian (a version of Debian, tailored for Raspberry Pi)
    Boot time – 2 minutes. Boots in text mode, needs to type startx to run LXDE. Network and sound worked, but the distro had no browser installed. The user could not install Chromium.

    3. Fedora Remix
    Developed also especially for the Pi device, its GUI never worked.

    4. Puppi
    Problems with the USB drivers.

    5. Gentoo
    Fast boot, but really stone-age GUI. Only GUI apps are consoles and a clock.

    6. Arch seemed to be the only that worked.

    1. Device is not good for a media player. None of the available software worked properly.
    2. Can be used as a thin client using The Linux Terminal Server Project.
    3. In general, software is still not mature enough.

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