Following successful charity auctions, production of the Raspberry Pi has begun

The innovative Raspberry Pi project has entered the home straight, as production of the first wave of computers has begun, Digital Trends reports. The brainchild of David Braben, best known to many as the co-writer of the epic space-trading game Elite, the idea behind Raspberry Pi is to encourage high school students to learn computer programming, without the school needing a huge budget. As previously reported, there will be two Raspberry Pi models. Model A will cost £16/$25 and come with 128MB RAM, while Model B will have 256MB RAM, an Ethernet port at a price of £25/$35. The tiny computers use Linux and have a 700Mhz ARM 11 processor, a USB port and an HDMI-out. The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced via their official blog that the first run of 10,000 Model B PCs has already begun, but added that initial plans to manufacture them in the UK had to be canceled thanks to prohibitive taxation. As the Foundation is a charity, it was important to make the most of their funds, hence moving production to the Far East…

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