Raspberry Pi launches, sells out

Raspberry Pi, the $25 PC that it is hoped will give rise to a new generation of programmers, launched this morning, and sold out within hours.

Gamesindustry.biz reports that demand for the low-spec PC, which launched in the UK priced at just £22, brought down its stockists' websites. Premier Farnell limited sales to one per customer, while RS Components is building systems to order.

"We're amazed at the level of interest and sorry so many of you were frustrated today," reads a post on the project's Twitter feed. "We appear to have broken RS and Farnell's websites. Keep trying."

"The involvement of RS Components and Premier Farnell means we can build volume much, much faster than would have been possible on our own," the project's website explains. "We are no longer limited to batches of over 10,000 Raspberry Pis.

"Both [companies] have worldwide distribution networks, so wherever you are in the world, you will be able to buy from a local distributor."