Raspberry Pi launched

Ha ha, I received an email that the Raspberry Pi board had been released, so went to their site about 10pm last night (Western Australian time, 8 hours off GMT).

They are selling the boards through Farnell and RS Components. The Farnell site was down, the RS site was only taking "registrations". So, I registered my interest.

It seems that all 10,000 board have already sold. The next lot probably won't be available until the end of next week.


Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 8:13


Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 8:55 by BarryK
I ordered one
I found that I can order here:

...delivery is approximately one month from now. Cost is AU$38.00, add GST (sales tax) AU$3.80, total including shipping AU$41.80.

If you live in New Zealand, change that "au" in the URL to "nz".

Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 8:57 by scsijon
RS Components
RS Components still had a pickup/sales-point in a factory near Monash Uni in Clayton, Vic. when I was last down there. It's been there at least 20+years. I wonder if you can still order through their UK office and pickup there as i use to in the '90's as well as order and pickup locally.
Maybe worth asking!

Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 14:52 by Sage
all 10,000 board have already sold
- within one minute, allegedly.
Later ones may be different, even later ones have options; later, late ones will cost more.

Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 16:43 by BarryK
RasPi links
A couple of links for RasPi junkies:

Interview with Eben Upton:

Five things you can do with your RaspberryPi:

Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 21:46 by Raffy
Frustrating 10 minutes
It was a frustrating 10 minutes at 0600H 29 Feb 2012, the announced launch of the RasPi. Clicking on the links to the two distributors only opened their home pages. Soon they were unreachable.

Nobody knows how many buyers were able to purchase the first 10,000 units, but buyers can now order or register interest (in the product) with the distributors Farnell or RS Components.

Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 23:39 by Sage
...and what of the Datawind Ubislate & co?
They were awarded an innovation prize today:

Wasn't there some talk of a Puppy version a few months ago? It has a standard USB port so could use a standard USB modem? BK's Indian friends involved?

April deliveries now in prospect.

Posted on 2 Mar 2012, 3:40 by GCMartin
most interest in RasPI is by developers for new mobile UIs, not traditional PC UIs.

I think Eclipse may have a feature already in-use and available.

Hope this understanding.is helpful

Posted on 2 Mar 2012, 7:19 by Raffy
Farnell Asks for Trade Account
The Farnell ordering process asks for an account number (trade account number?), and would not proceed without it. And the price has increased! (PHP2,000 now vs PHP1,860 last night)

Posted on 2 Mar 2012, 7:51 by BarryK
Re trade account
Ordering via the "au" URL, Element14 (Farnell) has two boxes one of which I think is the trade acccount -- but you leave both of those blank. I did a mouse-over those boxes and a popup stated that for online orders those two can be left blank.

Perhaps you need to be sure that you left both boxes empty.

Posted on 2 Mar 2012, 8:13 by BarryK
Ph price
did you order via this URL?


...yes, I see, php 2,000.

Just checking my "au" URL ...I notice the element14 site has become extremely slow. The RasPi was in the news on TV here in Western Australia last night, so perhaps there are still lots of people trying to buy.

...AU price is still the same, $38.

Posted on 2 Mar 2012, 9:14 by Raffy
Now able only to register interest
Yes, Barry, I used the PH website, and it would not allow order processing without the trade account.

I tried the HK (Hong Kong) page and was only able to register interest in the RasPi.

Perhaps Farnell's AU branch is more aggressive in online trade - there was news that as of March 1, more than 10,000 units have been ordered there (AU).

Posted on 2 Mar 2012, 14:37 by Sage
I have a trade a/c but they aren't accepting on-line orders! Seems they want to sell them separately and charge their full p&p on top. The price has not varied though. I will try to order by email later today.

Posted on 3 Mar 2012, 8:34 by BarryK
RasPi stock
Hmmm, from what I can gather, reading here and there, no one has actually received a RasPi board yet, in fact, it seems that Farnell and RS have not even received any stock yet!

The RS website states they expect their first batch by 5th march.

So if you registered an interest with them, you might be fortunate enough to be in the first batch.

Although, I also read that RS will only be receiving 900 of the first batch! -- I don't know if that is someone spreading misinformation or not though.