The Raspberry Pi Foundation revealed on Thursday that it has sold 10 million microcomputers since its debut four and a half years ago. That’s a significant achievement when you consider founder Eben Upton expected their lifetime volume – if they were lucky – to be around 10,000 units.
Reflecting on the accomplishment, Upton said there was initially no expectation that adults would use Raspberry Pi, no expectation of any sort of commercial success and certainly no expectation that just four years later, they would be manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day and exporting them all over the world.
In fact, the motivator behind the project was the hope that they could increase the number of people applying to study computer science at Cambridge by reviving some of the excitement about computing that they experienced in the ‘80s with systems like the Commodore 64 and Sinclair Spectrum.
To celebrate the occasion, the foundation for the first time is putting together what it feels is the ideal bundle for Raspberry Pi beginners.
The Raspberry Pi Starter Kit consists of a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, an 8GB NOOBS SD card, an official case, an official 2.5A multi-region power supply, an official 1M HDMI cable, an optical mouse and keyboard with scissor-switch action and a copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi Foundation Edition.
The kit is available to order online in the UK priced at £99+VAT (around $133) and will be coming to the rest of the world in the next few weeks.