A group of Toronto software designers is receiving international attention after the $35 computer containing their software sold out within minutes of its release.
The computer—the Raspberry Pi
—is a small, but powerful machine meant to equip classrooms in the developing world with affordable technology. The software for the computer was developed by Seneca’s Centre for the Development of Open Technology
after the college partnered with the Raspberry Pi's Cambridge developers last August.
"A $35 computer with Toronto-designed software stormed the tech world Wednesday, selling out in minutes, wrote the Toronto Star. Back orders hit "the tens of thousands," said Ebden Upton, executive director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
"'We’re absolutely blown away by the interest,' he said."
"Seneca College’s Chris Tyler used one of his fall semester software building courses to create and refine the software for the Raspberry Pi launched Wednesday."
"In fact, it was the release last Wednesday of the Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix software that potential buyers had to download that gave Tyler and Upton an inkling of the flood to come."
"'We had 120,000 views on the video,' said Tyler. 'The mailing list of people who wanted to be informed was over 100,000.'"
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original source Toronto Star