It’s the first day of December, the month that Raspberry Pi is set to offer the community a limited supply of $25 PC kits. Is progress being made towards that goal? Most definitely yes, as a bunch of images appearing on the Raspberry Pi website demonstrate the first signs of the finished device.
With the design of the board pretty much set in stone (unless an overlooked problem presents itself), the foundation has ordered and received 100 unpopulated PCBs on to which the components of the PC will be added. The boards have been thoroughly tested and are ready for components, but we don’t currently know exactly when they will be ready to use.
The good news is Raspberry Pi intends to offer some of this first batch for sale. The details are not set in stone, but it is thought they will be auctioned off as a way of raising some cash. The foundation has already seen some success and created a small revenue stream through the sale of the very popular Raspberry Pi logo stickers.
How many of these boards will be offered for sale depends on how testing goes when the PCBs are populated. However, if they are auctioned off I don’t think any will be picked up for just $25 as interest is going to be very high. Some collectors out there will be willing to pay a high premium for one of the very first boards in what is already predicted to be a very popular little computer system.
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