Buying a Raspberry Pi about to get easier

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The two UK distributors for the Raspberry Pi are set to switch back to a normal ordering procedure, making it quicker and easier for buyers to get hold of the low-cost computer.

V3 understands that RS Electronics and Premier Farnell, the two firms handling distribution of the Raspberry Pi, will shortly announce that they are reverting to their standard online ordering systems for customers purchasing the £25 computer.

Raspberry Pi and Oyster travel card

Until now, demand for the Raspberry Pi has outstripped the available supply to such an extent that both distributors have had to implement a two-stage procedure, whereby buyers register their interest and are put into a queue to be offered the chance to purchase one at a later date.

Raspberry Pi orders had already topped 350,000 by the middle of April and showed no sign of slacking off, but it appears that supply may be finally catching up with demand.

The Raspberry Pi was reviewed by V3 last month and was impressed by the device, called it a, "miniature marvel that shows just how small and cheap you can make a working computer".

Eben Upton, founder and executive director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, was also the most recent industry figure to feature in V3's Hot Seat.

05 Jul 2012

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