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After six years in the making, the Rasberry Pi, a computer the size of a credit card, is now for sale. This low-cost computer was created by volunteers from academia and the U.K. tech industry to help children learn programming and coding. The computer, sold uncased without a keyboard or monitor, has been in high demand and is drawing interest from educators in hopes that it will change how computing is taught in schools.
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The Rasberry Pi now sells for $35, but will be available for $25 later this year. The bite-size computer runs on Linux, can be connected to a computer monitor, and includes ports to attach to other peripherals like a keyboard or mouse. The device also features an Ethernet port for high-speed internet connections.
The Rasberry Pi Foundation is producing thousands of these devices through a Chinese manufacturer and will distribute the devices through Premier Farnell and RS Components. Distributers will handle orders and deal with manufactures to increase the volume of production. The Rasberry Pi Foundation is pleased with demand it has received so far from Pi enthusiasts, and hopes the device will will become the new standard for teaching programming.
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