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December sales push Raspberry Pi towards 2.3 million units shipped

24 Dec 2013
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Hobbyist computer the Raspberry Pi is now close to a total of 2.3 million units sold.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation did not expect to be in this position as soon as this, and the firm attributed the rise in sales to the Christmas season.

"Phew. Looks like another 10k @Raspberry_Pi units just arrived at Farnell. We survived the Christmas rush :)" said Foundation head, Eben Upton on Twitter.

"We'll have to tot up in the New Year, but this month looks like a record. We might make it to 2.3 million by end of December," he added

In November the firm said it had expected to sell two million units by Spring 2014.

"We calculated that we might, if we were lucky, reach the second million around January 2014, or slightly afterwards – we were confident we'd get there by the end of February 2014," said head of communications Liz Upton.

"So it was a bit of a shock at the end of last week when we got the latest sales figures and discovered that the two millionth Raspberry Pi was sold in the last week of October."

This is better news than that which greeted the firm on Saturday, when it learned that its page was being blocked by newly installed content filters set by the government and ISPs. A number of issues have arisen with the new filters, and a large selection of sites have come forward with evidence that they are are blocked.

According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation related sites have also been blocked, however, it had no suspicions about foul play and expects error is the cause.

"Given the sheer *scale* of what they seem to be blocking, I'm assuming #HanlonsRazor rather than anything more sinister," it said on Twitter.

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Dave Neal

Dave Neal is a reporter at The INQUIRER. Previously he worked at, VNUnet, and IT Week in editor and journalist roles.

He started his career when the Y2K bug was a front page story and remains committed to covering the interesting world of technology news.

He left the world of office working four years ago and now represents The INQUIRER from home in Kent with his dog.

Dave has been quoted in papers including the London Metro.

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