Raspberry Pi waiting list scrapped: Let the bulk buying begin

Raspberry Pi waiting list scrapped: Let the bulk buying begin

Summary: The popularity of the Rasberry Pi continues - and purchase restrictions have taken a swift exit.


The Raspberry Pi, a $35 (£21.60) ARM-based Linux system of tiny proportions, continues to prove popular. The non-profit organization behind the system, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, has said that both of its manufacturing partners -- RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell -- are now producing up to 4,000 units per day.


In light of the steady, high demand, according to a recent blog post published by the non-profit's single full-time worker Liz Upton, the purchase restrictions placed on the credit-card sized Linux system have now been lifted.

Before, purchases were restricted to one per customer. When the cheap, programmable computers first launched online, stocks were decimated within minutes and the organisation's website front page had to be replaced with a static version due to the heavy influx of traffic.

Customers can now purchase as many of the computers in one go as they wish. The models come with the latest Raspberry Pi operating system and storage cases.

The expected delivery time for new orders has been estimated at between 4 - 6 weeks, as both manufacturers still have to process a backlog of orders after the ramp-up of production. However, the waiting list is now a thing of the past.

As Upton notes, the Raspberry Pi is particularly applicable to schools and businesses, and now the restriction has been lifted, kits for the classroom might arrive in time before the beginning of the next school term. Upton urges customers to "get your order in; it helps us to plan the supply chain efficiently if we have a bit of visibility of what's just down the road."

However, it is not just schools or businesses interested in the tiny computer. As ZDNet's Tom Espiner writes, the system has been enthusiastically picked up by the modding community, and has been used in projects ranging from drones, robots and even space.

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  • Rise Of The ARM PCs?

    Between this and slightly pricier/higher-specced products like the HardKernel one, are we finally seeing a significant market develop for desktop Linux? And the measly two-figure price tag means that Microsoft and Intel will be too chicken to muscle in, like they did with netbooks.
    • Yes indeed

      There is no place to squeeze in XP license.
      Even though the raspberry and likes are more fit for home automation, servers, etc. one could use them for a small desktop as well.
    • A Number of Android Units as Well

      A number of these new cheap ARM based computers run Android as well. I'm not sure what that will mean for the market. These are certainly interesting times for 100 dollar or less computing.
    • Desktop Linux? No. Consumer automation devices? Yes.

      Consumer-built gadgets and developing countries stand to benefit the most from low-cost general-purpose devices like the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino family.

      This little board and a couple of USB stick interfaces allow me to control my home lighting and security system, complete with remote monitoring and viewing, and text messaging to our cellphones in case of alarms or alerts. This takes the place of a $$$$ home automation controller and monthly alarm service fees. And the system is better equipped to deal with everything from power outages to cutting telecom lines.

      I don't foresee these units being used so much as desktop replacements as they are user-programmable building blocks and learning tools.
      terry flores
      • Yes and no

        There will be lots of units used as desktops, but I agree most wont be replacements for desktops, maybe with the exceptions for people giving them to their older parents for browsing and other simple things.
        Most people who will replace desktops with them are those who are interested in Linux, don't need something powerful and were about to buy a new and cheap netbook or stationary PC. Or people who just want a second computer but can't justify the cost of an ordinary PC.

        I am personally going to use mine as some kind of home server, because I have my tablet and laptop already, and don't need any PC replacement of any sort.
  • That's good, I need another one

    It being tiny is also a bit of a downside, as mine got swept out with the trash before I even got to turn it on.
  • Misleading headline?

    I rushed to this article because I thought perhaps my initial order was now lost and I would have to re-order. The article doesn't state that in the body.

    I am now unclear. Should I be checking my credit card and reversing the charge?
    • Your order stands

      As it says, they still have the backlog of old orders to process (including yours).