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Release date of first Raspberry Pi?

Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:42 pm

Please help settle an argument: my son 'just' heard about the Raspberry Pi and was telling me about it. I was really surprised he hadn't heard of it, given his interests and background and I said, that it had been around for a very long time.

He searched and the blog gives an initial release date of February, 2012.

I thought I remembered hearing discussion much earlier than that on the Ars Forums and searching for "Raspberry Pi", I found a post on May 9, 2011 mentioning it as a possible solution to something, but with no detail.

I seem to remember discussion even as early as 2010.

Were there pre-release versions widely available?

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Re: Release date of first Raspberry Pi?

Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:02 pm

The 1st public mention of the Raspberry Pi was an article on the BBC site on May 5th 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters ... young.html

this site (raspberry pi.org) was created on the 24th of July 2011 although it wasn't possible to register (go live) until the 28th or 29th of July 2011

the announcement that some Alpha boards had been built was made on the 25th of July
some Beta boards were auctioned off in December 2011
and the release day of the raspberry pi to the public was 29th February 2012

hope that helps

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Re: Release date of first Raspberry Pi?

Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:14 pm

Well, I found my answer on eLinux.org, the "RPi General History" article.

There was a Q & A session on slashdot, 14 September, 2011, so there was discussion and probably news articles.

A lot of Ars regulars are slashdot readers.

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Re: Release date of first Raspberry Pi?

Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:19 pm

ukscone wrote:The 1st public mention of the Raspberry Pi was an article on the BBC site on May 5th 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters ... young.html

this site (raspberry pi.org) was created on the 24th of July 2011 although it wasn't possible to register (go live) until the 28th or 29th of July 2011

the announcement that some Alpha boards had been built was made on the 25th of July
some Beta boards were auctioned off in December 2011
and the release day of the raspberry pi to the public was 29th February 2012

hope that helps
That makes sense.

The first reference I saw on Ars, May 8, 2011, was from a poster from the UK, and he called it "Rainbow Pi", the next poster quoted him and mentioned "Raspberry Pi", so the first reference was a misnomer.

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Re: Release date of first Raspberry Pi?

Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:38 am

Early reference - with the smaller prototype board - 5th May 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13292450

Edit: I see a couple of posts above has same date

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