I think most of us expected it would be a success, but this big a success?
The Raspberry Pi has now sold 10 million units — 5 million in the last 18 months alone
In the same way that the smartphone has reshaped personal computing, so the Raspberry Pi has helped sire a new generation of hobbyist hardware hackers, spur new innovations, and help to lower the barrier of entry to the (much-hyped) internet of things.
Although we don’t cover Raspberry Pi with any regularity on this site — various Ubuntu-based distributions are available for the device, however — we couldn’t not tip our hat to its success.
The crazy thing is just how fast it’s reached 10 million. Last year Raspberry Pi Foundation CEO Eben Upton announced that the little-board-that-could has sold 5 million units — which means it’s sold another 5 million since!
Official Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
To celebrate the mammoth ten million milestone Raspberry Pi is launching an all-new official starter kit.
Yes, despite plenty of resellers and stockists making names for themselves by selling unofficial kits and starter bundles there’s never been an official set.
The brand new official £99 ‘Raspberry Pi Starter Kit’ comes with:
- A Raspberry Pi 3
- 8GB SD card (with the NOOBs OS preloaded)
- Raspberry Pi 3 case
- Power supply
- HDMI cable
- Mouse and keyboard
- Copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi Foundation Edition
The Raspberry Pi Starter Kit is available to buy in the UK from today, and the Foundation says it’ll be available in other countries around the world over the coming weeks.
And don’t forget — Ubuntu Snappy Core is available for Raspberry Pi too!