Most of us in the USA were knocked out of the sellers systems very quickly after the start. So very few (if any) US customers were able to get into the line for the first batch. Most of the other countries got the same treatment. It is pretty safe to say that we will fall relatively far back in line. It took me about 6 hours after the start to get onto Farnell. I actually was registering with RS (about 2 minutes after the start) when I could no longer get a response from them, I did get registered but was not able to order. I did get an order in on the 29th.
I still have the August 16th date showing for my ship date. One of the companies is showing a lead date like 135 days.
I was able to order the same day by looking carefully at the posts in the forum to get the right link.
My experience was similar. I was awake at 1:00 A.M. Eastern Time, and I tried for about 5 hours to get an order to go through, but couldn't even go further than loading a single page before I timed out (and it was like this pretty much all day that day.)
And as such, I wasn't able to actually place my order until the 1st of March.
RS and Farnell are both international players, they obviously had issues with getting their systems set up so go and complain and whinge at them, may I ask which part of the planet you would have liked to do the launch from that would in your opinion reflect no bias. Maybe some Mongolian Dwelling that received the orders by IPoAC ?
Simply put, what they should have done, is launched with the product already set up on their multiple regional sites, and the link given was one that would point you to your closest site (UK for UK, US for US, etc.) It wasn't even until several days that they actually had the product on their other distributions sites for preorder, and given the demand for the product, this meant that anyone outside of the UK that wanted one had to figure out how to order it from the UK site, or they had little to no chance of receiving one. I mean, after all, I'm sure they had some sorts of heads up before the launch so I don't see why it could be too much to ask.
If this was being organised by a small US charity for the ultimate benefit of US schools would they even be offered to the rest of the world at this stage? Of course it is favourable to the UK (in its focus), it is aimed at the UK.
I understand this but in the coming months before the launch, many people asked about how being outside the UK would effect the product's availability come launch time... and if i'm not mistaken it was stated that it would be available on a first come first serve basis and internationally. Now if you take into account the products demand at launch and the lack of proper preparation, it became next to impossible for someone outside of the UK to snag one at launch day. I just feel that there should have been a mention of this as I'm sure I'm not the only one who wasted their time and came out with disappointment. And as for the 'UK charity for UK schools part, from the looks of this you are wrong:
We want to see cheap, accessible, programmable computers everywhere; we actively encourage other companies to clone what we’re doing. We want to break the paradigm where without spending hundreds of pounds on a PC, families can’t use the internet. We want owning a truly personal computer to be normal for children. We think that 2012 is going to be a very exciting year. (Source: About us http://www.raspberrypi.org/about
Correct me if I'm wrong but I do believe that it does not say anywhere that this is a UK only charity, only that it is a charity based in the UK.
My thoughts exactly! If us Brits moaned every time the US got something released before us we'd have caused a riot by now.
This IS a British project, and it's goal is to get proper computer education back into UK schools, and to (hopefully) help reboot the UK computer industry. Why the heck should the foundation worry about getting this released outside the UK with the first 10,000 units.
In any case, E14 and RSI are now in production mode now so if your country doesn't have Pi's you need to pester your local E14 or RSI distributor to get some. Even with that you've still got a good month or so wait at the bare minimum. Sucks when another country gets the monopoly doesn't it!
I don't see why people keep bringing up the argument 'If the US released something' when every single example they use is a retail product and nothing comparable to the Pi (and quite frankly there isn't really anything.) And as for 'Why the heck should the foundation worry about getting this released outside the UK with the first 10,000 units,' I can ask you this question, For what specific reason should they not? Is there some unseen reason that makes you more qualified to receive a Pi if you live in the UK?
I guess to sum it up, I can't say I'm not disappointed. I have been following this project since August of last year, and I've decided to wait a week or two to see if I get one from the first batch, and if not I will be canceling my order. This whole fiasco has been very stressful considering my original expected delivery date was April second, and now it may not even be for a couple more months. Perhaps some day I may give it another shot but I'm starting to feel that it's not really worth all this effort and I would be better off just giving up on it rather than to get more disappointment.