The Raspberry Pi Launch
Six years after the project's inception, we’re nearly at the end of our first run of development – although it’s just the beginning of the Raspberry Pi story.
Now we start developing educational tools and initiatives, at the same time as continuing research and development on Raspberry Pi hardware.
We have entered into licensed manufacture partnerships with two British companies, Premier Farnell and RS Components.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation
The idea behind a tiny and cheap computer for children came in 2006, when Eben Upton was lecturing and working in admissions at Cambridge University. Eben had noticed a distinct drop in the skills levels of the A Level students applying to read Computer Science in each academic year when he came to interview them.
From a situation in the 1990s where most of the children applying were coming to interview as hobbyist programmers, the landscape in the 2000s was very different; a typical applicant now had experience only with web design, and sometimes not even with that. Fewer people were applying to the course every year. Something had changed the way children were interacting with computers.
New Datasheets Available...
A new set of datasheets are currently being reviewd by the Raspberry Pi foundation for us. As soon as they have been approved they will be posted here.
The datasheets have been designed to give a quick one page or two page overview of the important key facts. We will also be producting some mini-guides and more in depth tutorials to support these.
If you would like to help write a guide for us, or to publish your own tutorial please contact us at:
articles @ frambozenbier.org
Development of the device is undertaken by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a charitable organization registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
Its aim is to "promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing."
The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be promoting learning mainly in the Python programming language, but they also support BBC BASIC, C and Perl.
Many other languages that have support for Linux and ARM will be available.
This website is a community website and not part of the official Raspberry Pi Foundation, nor are any of the site admins employees of the Raspberry Pi Foundations... However, the Raspberry Pi Foundation supports our work in this area, and the website has been built with the foundations input and assistance.