tl;dr version: The first 2K R-pis are arriving in their owners hands! Rest of the first batch should be sent out early May. Everyone who's ordered by April 18th can expect their Pi by end of June
A lot of people have been asking for a concise concrete information on the location of the boards (which for one reason or another the front page updates don"t count) so here is a quick look at the time frame since the launch date that will (hopefully) give you the information you desire. Newest updates first then going back in time to the launch date. I have put a tl;dr update at the top for anyone who does not want to bother with the thread. Edit: changed my mind, unlocking the thread so that if anyone has questions they can ask it. (If I do not respond, it means I do not know just please be patient and we will post information as it becomes available)
Current status as of April 19th (34 business days since launch):
• First 2K boards have been sent out
• The rest of the 10K first batch (the so called "missing 8K") are in route to the distributors and be ready for sending out by May 1st
• Distributors' are in serial production and Farnell expects to meet *all* their pre-orders that have been made up to April 18th by the end of June
• Any orders made to Farnell starting today (April 19th) can expect a July delivery date.
April 19th (Launch +50): Farnell has confirmed that they will receive the last bit of their half of the first 10K by the beginning of May and confirmed that they have started their serial production of the boards which will them to meet all 100,000 of their orders by the end of June (note that that's 100K for just Farnell alone, not counting RS)
April 13th (Launch +44): The Boards are finally being delivered!
April 11th (Launch +42): Paperwork going through sign-off process, hopes to start delivering boards at the start of next week. Some boards being sent to specific developers outside foundation.
April 6th (Launch +37): R-Pis Passed CE (EU) testing, FCC (USA) testing, CTick (Australia), and "That Canadian Thing", still needs paper work filled out to be official
April 2nd (Launch +33): R-Pis undergoing testing at facility in Wales.
March 30th (Launch +30): First 2000 R-Pis in RPF"s hands, will be sent out to the distributors as soon as EM test is passed and CE paper is filled.
March 29th (Launch +29): Second "oops" e-mail Farnell where they pushed delivery back, RPF contacted them and got issue fixed
March 28th (Launch +28): Update on the CE testing, revealed that first 2000 boards have finished having their jacks swapped out, been re-tested and are headed back to RPF
March 27th (Launch +27): Farnell releases 2nd pricing matrix (this one including Australia!) to fix some slip-ups on their part.
March 23rd (Launch +23): RPF reveals the continued delay is being caused in part by new need for CE testing. For those of us used to such boards it made perfect sense to release a development board in large quantities, but to a lot of people this (still) created a lot of confusion. Suffice to say it really did make sense and it really was legal. Unfortunately, the huge demand for the r-pi made the distributors" lawyers nervous to release it without the testing (understandably so! It"s unfortunate, but I can"t fault them for this!).
March 13th (Launch +13): Farnell releases 1st pricing matrix to alleviate confusion. It is still a $25/$35 computer board, but list displays cost of shipping and local taxes that have to be applied to the board.
March 8th (Launch +8): Revealed that boards arrived and after real world testing was done on them (as opposed to the electronic testing done at manufacturer"s) it was discovered that the manufacturer accidentally swapped the listed ethernet jack with one that did not have built in magnetics. This means that while they were electrically sound, hence their pass at the manufacturer, they would be unable to actually pass data. Instead of being sent to distributors and then to us, they had to go back to the manufacturer to have the part swapped out.
March 7th (Launch +7): Server upgrade bye bye "Database connection error" messages!
March 6th (Launch +6): First "oops" e-mail Farnell where they pushed delivery back, RPF contacted them and got issue fixed
March 3rd (Launch +3): Site comes back in its full goodness. Demand for the R-pi *far* exceeded anyone"s expectation, *much* greater than amount of followers and now they"re hitting the site like mad, site begins its glory days of "database connection error"
February 29: Launch date! The further we get from the launch the more I see how little it mattered how it launched. I was definitely annoyed things did not go better with it, that the distributors did not provide better information/a hard link to a page to order the pi off of and as a result the RPF was the one stuck looking like an idiot who had not properly prepared; as if this was a last minute decision instead of the months of negotiating and planning it actually was But now I can look at it and go "wow, it literally did not matter!" No matter how quickly they could have accepted orders (which it turns out apple had the same issue on their launch day) we would still be exactly where we are now.
Last edited by liz
on Mon May 14, 2012 12:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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