The hotly anticipated £22 Raspberry Pi computer went on sale today, crashing its website due to the high volume of visitors clambering to purchase what is thought to be a revolutionary piece of technology globally.
The Raspberry Pi is sold without a monitor, keyboard or even a case, and has been designed and produced by a collaboration of voluntary UK academics and the tech industry.
The aim of the non-profit Raspberry Pi is to delivery computer access to developing countries where the cost of regular computers is simply too high for schools and poorer communities.
So how does it work? The Raspberry Pi computer runs on Linux, the open-source OS, and can be connected to a monitor, keyboard, mouse and a range of other accessories and peripherals. This means that external hard drives can be used for memory or even SD cards that can slot in. For high-speed Internet, there’s an Ethernet port.
All in all, the Raspberry Pi has not only got the technology industry excited, but the rest of the world seems to be astonished by this tiny and highly cheap computer as well. There’s also talk of an even cheaper £16 version coming by the end of the year too.
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