Despite past setbacks, Raspberry Pi computers coming to customers next week

raspberry pi 2Good news for you empty-handed Raspberry Pi fans, shipments will soon commence next week.

The budget mini-computer, designed to spark programming interest in schoolchildren, is reaching the hearts of many developers and hobbyists. Braben’s credit card-sized computer comes in 2 versions: one priced at $25, and one at $35. Excitement about the product caused the websites of two distributors – Premier Farnell and RS Components – to crash due to a fervor of 700 orders per second.

While there has been a number of disheartening shipment setbacks attributed to sourcing Raspberry Pi supplies, but that’s all changing. UK distributor RS Components has announced that it has received it’s first Raspberry Pi shipment and is working on orders. Apparently RS is working down the waiting line, sending out invitations for customers to place Raspberry Pi orders in the order of when they registered interest on the RS website. Orders are restricted to one board per customer, and only until all customers are served will multiple quantities be allowed.

“We are delighted to have the first batch of fully compliant products in our warehouse,” said Glenn Jarrett, Head of Electronics Marketing at RS. “There has been a great deal of anticipation for Raspberry Pi since its launch at the end of February, and it is important that we provide a delivery guarantee to customers when they place their order.”

According to the BBC, those that were first to order should get their machine by April 20. Premier Farnell also said on Friday that element14 has announced the first batch of Raspberry Pi’s had arrived, and that it would be sending the computers out to UK-based customers this week, with more to be shipped out in the following week. In line with Braben’s premise, Farnell’s Eben Upton will be handing out computers from the first batch to schoolchildren in Leeds.

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