Four Years of Pi

We are going to be doing some celebrating here at Pi Towers on Monday: February 29 is the 4th anniversary (or 1st, if you’re prissy about leap years) of the first sales of the Raspberry Pi 1.

We’ll have more reminiscing to do on the day, but to whet your appetite, here’s an absolutely wonderful video (for which read: “a video that made Liz cry again”) from Matt Timmons-Brown, aka The Raspberry Pi Guy, celebrating what the Raspberry Pi community has achieved over the last four years.

Four years of Pi!

Four years. One leap year. 8 million Raspberry Pis. I was an 11 year old school boy when I first heard about the Raspberry Pi in 2011. It seemed pretty darn cool that I could own a personal computer for under £30.

I liked this so much I thought it deserved to stay up over the weekend rather than getting swallowed up in Monday’s blog post of reminiscences: enjoy! (Thanks Matt!)

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Congratulations RPF!

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This reminds me of Apple’s very first computer, and people said, “yeah, but what does it DO?”
LOL. Great job, guys!

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Whoop whoop! Party time!

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Happy birthday Raspberry pi(in advance)!

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Well done, good luck for the next 40 years! :)

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Congratulations! Thanks to all!

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Happy birthday!

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Bon anniversaire en avance !

Roll on the #PiBirthday. Can’t wait to see everyone in Cambridge to celebrate 4 years (and 1 Leap Cycle) together.

[PS Bravo Matt for a great video once again]

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Really looking forward to the party – wish the 29th itself had fallen on a weekend this year!

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Just looked it up and it is another 16 years until 29th Feb falls on a weekend. Ho hum! On the plus side, that means there are 3 days to celebrate. The actual day and the weekend too :-)

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Great video.
Really looking forward to the Party also. A chance to meet a lot of people I know from Twitter.
Wonder if we need to have Twitter badges made.

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The Raspberry team continues to do incredible things, far beyond just the RPi system. I enjoy watching it happen!

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Happy birthday to you!
4 years? It seems like 3 years and 12 months.

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Congratulations Matt on a really interesting video. The range of projects shown in the video – many of them probably by young people – was hugely impressive: I think Eben, Liz et al are entitled to a quiet glow of satisfaction at what they have brought about.

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Awesome – Both the video and the birthday :D

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What happened to the rest of the blue Pis?
I only know of the existence of a handful including mine.

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Locked away in a secret chest buried deep in a foreboding forest. Only to be found again by accident many years later after RPi v31415+ has been released at which point each of those blue treasures are worth quadrillions.

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I know where two of them are!

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Happy Birthday To You!
Happy Birthday To You!
Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi!
Happy Birthday To You!

:D

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HELP! I need to download raspbian wheezy for my project!

Where can I get it?

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^ look up ^

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Does it work?

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Is it possible to get NOOBS with old raspbian in?

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https://downloads.raspberrypi.org/NOOBS/images/NOOBS-2015-05-12/

Again, it’s unsupported so use at your own risk.

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https://downloads.raspberrypi.org/NOOBS/images/NOOBS-2015-05-12/

Again, it’s unsupported so use at your own risk.

But to answer your other question: yes, they were tested as working when they were released, but as they’re using older firmware files they may not work on the Raspberry Pi Zero.

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Happy birthday raspberry pi!!!

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Congratulations , Happy Birthday and Rock n Roll ;-)

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what is the history or timeline of the raspberry pi and all the models.

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It’s missing quite a few details (and some of it is outdated/incorrect), but you could have a look at http://elinux.org/RPi_HardwareHistory and http://elinux.org/RPi_Hardware

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Woop, everyone’s favourite computer finally turns 1!

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Awesome video from Matt as usual! :-) Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi, have a great time at the party! :-)

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Another antiquity festival!!

Can’t wait to see the next four years treasures!!

Looking foward to Monday…

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Onwards, upwards … keep going guys!! You’ve brought a lot of fun and happiness into a lot of peoples lives!!

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Thanks for giving me nearly four years of fun (I was late to the party in 2012) and taking us all back to the days of the ZX80 and the start of home computing.

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:-)

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If you could provide a url for all the different things referenced in that video … That would be great and super super super super educational. The bot inside the Lego house ? So many questions.

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you can find most of the stuff that was in that video in the blog archives.
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/archive/

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Read the description! I’ve included a link to a complete list of all of the media used in my video, find it here: http://www.theraspberrypiguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Credits.pdf

Thanks

The Raspberry Pi Guy

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Happy Birthday RPI! Have a great celebration everyone. Great job on the video Matt! ( I especially liked the clip at the very end ;D )

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Ditto :)

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I’m waiting anxiously Raspberry Pi 2 A+

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Great video, congratulations in advance!

Looking forward to see the reminiscences Monday :-)

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Great video. I can still remember before the Pi launch “thinking this is going to be awesome”. It was. Just think how many people got sucked into the world of technology who might have spent the time watching more TV or playing more Xbox? Looking forward to those pioneers who will be able to look back to the Pi as their inspiration.

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Same here … I’m a 40-something geek who has two sons mad keen on tech (12yo and 14yo). I thought the RP concept was brilliant. They are now 16 and 18, cannot fathom the expense of a $6k Pentium 100 rig (circa ’94), and the eldest just spent two years employed by his old high school, running IT, and helping to implement Raspberry Pi fever. The RP influence on our family confounds my non-geek wife, but it is very real and very awesome. The eldest lad is active on the RP forums, probably under a BushRat related user name. Not sure exactly. He made a Mini Pi Arcade running MAME and controlled with buttons and joysticks in Grade 10 (three years ago), it got him the job/trainee-ship.

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All these memories in just 4 years. It raised quite a few smiles. The Pi has brought together some really special people and has beeen a game-changer. Congratulations to you all.

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Loved the video. Great job Raspberry Pi Guy!

Happy 4th birthday Raspberry Pi! Also, you had to launch on leap year, didn’t you? :)

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Happy Birthday my dear Raspi. You changed my life

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Happy B’Day RPiF! ….and many more!

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Happy Birthday to yooooooou (without needing to pay any royaltieeeees!!! :)

Wait … it’s been nearly four solar years since the launch of the Original Flavor Pi Model B with 256 MB????? The next thing you’ll be telling me is that a casino developer or an 1,800+ time serial violator of classified information protection laws might be able to become President of the United States …

Yikes!!! I really do need to get out more!!! :D

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The Pi moved me on from AVRs and PICs to a whole different order of affordable, small SBCs. And replace the Z80/PIO/RAM board that I designed a dozen times and never got around to prototyping.

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Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi :) :) ::))
From KERALA-India

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Happy Birthday – on the day! – from NZ (first to see the sun each day) :)

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Happy Birthday, Raspberry Pi. You’re doing a great job and have changed so many lives. :-)

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Happy 4th Birthday to our little bundles of joy.

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Party time
Congratulation pi lovers :)

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Happy Birthday!

This is my journey with the Pi over the last 4 years.

http://home.uktechreviews.com/Raspberry/Pi%20blog/files/4thBirthday.html

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Happy 1st Birthday.
I opened an email this morning (G -5) to read about the newest arrival Pi3. Ordered one immediatly.
The Foundation and all of you have pushed the envelope and broken through so many barriers in 4 years I think you deserve “a brief period of rejoicing.”
The excitement continues and I look forward to what is to come and many more Happy Birthdays.
Cheers
Steve in Toronto.

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its great but you forgot one thing why didn’t you upgrade the Ethernet port to gigabit hurry up and do so please.

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Unlikely to happen in the near future, for reasons that have been outlined multiple time in the posts below.

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I dream of raspy with a gigabit lan I dream I dream the day it gets a gigabit lannnnnnnnnnn

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Happy Birthday pi:)

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Happy Birthday to you, Raspberry.
Happy Birthday.

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Hey Raspberry Pi people, happy birthday you are awesome!!!!!
I think that it’s not difficult copy other people like (banana pi,orange pi.etc)
the really difficult thing is do the things that you done and you are going to done,because Raspberry Pi is a new era of computing.

THANKS EBEN UPTON,AND THANKS AT THE ENTIRE TEAM OF RASPBERRY PI

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Happy Birthday Raspberry pi.

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Congrats Raspberry pi!
You guys have been doing nothing but awesomesauce for 4 years!

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Happy birthday Raspberry Pi! :D

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Hap-PI Birthday!

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Happy birthday RPF

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