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Raspberry Pi: Coming to a business near you

Manufacturers of the $40 Raspberry Pi Linux computer have lifted restrictions on bulk purchasing, opening the door for businesses to buy the boards for their firm.

The Raspberry Pi board. Photo: Raspberry Pi

Since the Raspberry Pi went on sale in February businesses have been unable to bulk buy the Raspberry Pi.

However yesterday distributors of the $40 credit card-sized Linux board lifted restrictions that limited orders to one board per customer.

The computer could serve enterprise in various ways, according to TechRepublic readers, ranging from low-cost development boards to thin client devices.

Demand for the Raspberry Pi continues to be high but with 4,000 of the boards being manufactured each day the restriction have now been lifted.

Writing on the Raspberry Pi Foundation website the foundation's spokeswoman Liz Upton said: "This is of special importance to those of you who are using the Raspberry Pi in your businesses, and to people looking to buy classroom sets for schools and universities."

Boards will be available to bulk purchase from both distributors of the boards RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell.

Premier Farnell has already taken bulk orders, those for more than 10 boards, from universities, schools and businesses, with demand from the UK, US, Germany, Mexico and Singapore.

Orders placed now with RS are expected to reach customers by the end of September while Premier Farnell are reporting a delivery time of four to six weeks.

Both companies say that the bulk orders will not impact on delivery times for existing orders. Discounts are not planned for bulk orders.

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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

2 comments
Madsmaddad
Madsmaddad

I got mine about a month ago. It was a birthday present from my son. I wonder if any of these companies that are buying them want to put up a spec for what they want done with them, so that people with time and a Raspberry on their hands could build the applications for them. I didn't have a project in mind when I got mine - it was a surprise - but am now thinking of creating a weather station.

a.portman
a.portman

I got in line early and now am the happy owner of a pair (one each from each of the suppliers). I set it up as a thin client. Then I watched it connect. If you have a little prior experience with Linux, you could be up and running in about ten minutes. I love it. Oh, "splurge" on the power supply. My $5 one did not do the trick. The $8 one did much better.

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