2 million Raspberry Pi microcomputers sold as company builds momentum

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Remember just a little over a month ago when I told you all about how Raspberry Pi Foundation had made it's one millionth device in the UK and had sold 1.75 million units? That was impressive news, but just a month later the foundation has already hit the 2 million mark, less than two years after launching. The remarkable thing is that it was only in January of this year that it announced that one million units had been sold, meaning it doubled its sales in a mere 10 months.

Now, we knew the device had lots of momentum. Makers and tinkerers everywhere have flooded the web with project after project for the Raspberry Pi -- we shared 20 of the best with you earlier this year -- from personal web servers to artistic endeavors. That a lot of people are buying and using them is no surprise, but the pace of growth is.

The foundation said in a blog post, "It took us almost exactly a year to sell the first million Raspberry Pis. Going on that basis, we calculated that we might, if we were lucky, reach the second million around January 2014, or slightly afterwards – we were confident we’d get there by the end of February 2014. So it was a bit of a shock at the end of last week when we got the latest sales figures and discovered that the 2,000,000th Raspberry Pi was sold in the last week of October. We don’t know who owns it – if you bought one between October 24 and October 31st, it might be yours. (It could even be the one we gave to Prince Andrew when he visited on Halloween.)"

The $25 price tag definitely helps make it accessible to everyone, but the bare bones platform has proven to be inspiring to millions of people who see it as a blank canvas for making great, or at least fun, things with their own two hands.

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