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First Batch Of £16 Raspberry Pi PCs Arrives

It seems fitting that the first batch of Raspberry Pi computers landed in the UK in the hands of school children based in Leeds as what many consider as another wave of grassroot computing revolution, another BBC Micro 2.0, begins.

The Raspberry Pi has been designed from scratch to get anyone interested in computer programming to do so without forking out much; the base unit can connect to a television like the Commodore C64 or the Sinclair ZX81.

According to the BBC, the first batch has been presented by Eben Upton today, the school project co-ordinator, in an event held at the Leeds offices of Premier Farnell, one of the official PI distributors.

The delivery of the first lot of the Raspberry Pi had been postponed because a wrong component had been added to the PC and because a confusion arose over electromagnetic testing.

The PI computer users an ARM-based Broadcom processor clocked at 700MHz complete with 256MB RAM, a proper GPU, a SD card slot, a USB port, video outputs, audio jack, a HDMI out and support for Fedora, Debian and RISC OS.

In related news, earlier today, we published a video of a booth tour of the Centre for Computing History at the Gadget Show 2012 which looks at technology - including the BBC Micro and the Commodore C64 - that has changed our lives over the last 40 years.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.