The Raspberry Pi Foundation has confirmed that the first batch of its much-vaunted device will start shipping this weekend, ending weeks of frustration as the launch was hit by manufacturing delays and compliance issues.
Writing in a blog post Raspberry Pi Foundation volunteer Liz Upton confirmed that the two distributors, RS Electronics and Premier Farnell, are preparing to ship the devices and she also highlighted the various TV coverage the device has been gathering.
"As computers have got better they have got harder for children to use," professor Alan Mycroft, one of the organisation's Trustees told BBC show Newsround.
"We like our students to know how things work inside so they can [...] invent things and make the country richer and do great ‘Made in Britain' things."
The Raspberry Pi is a low-cost single-board computer aimed at revitalising programming skills among UK students and features a Broadcom ARM processor with embedded GPU and 256MB RAM, and runs a version of Fedora Linux that boots from an SD Card Flash drive.
The device costs just £22 and on launch caused a huge surge of interest. However its availability was delayed by a manufacturing error in which the first production batch were accidentally been fitted with the wrong type of Ethernet jack socket at the factory.
Further delays were caused when the device had to await its CE certification marks, which it managed to achieve last Friday.
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