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Raspberry Pi arriving to customers next week

After weeks of delay, customers should soon receive their Raspberry Pi.

The much anticipated and regularly delayed credit-card sized Raspberry Pi computer should be making its way to customers next week now that compliance testing is complete.

School children in Leeds should be the first to get their hands on the budget, bare-bones computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. An event will take place at a Pi distributor's office in Leeds where project co-ordinator Eben Upton will demonstrate how it can be used to the kids.

The kit costs a meagre £16 and has been developed to try to spark an interest in computer programming in anyone, but, in particular, the young children who will become the programmers of the future.

It is built around Broadcom's system-on-a-chip in a partnership between Farnell and RS Components.

Those who have bought their own Raspberry Pi can expect to receive it around April 20th.

Delivery of the device was initially delayed because the wrong component was soldered on to the circuit board and then secondly because of difficulties during electromagnetic testing.

Manufacturing for the 'tinkerbox' began in January and orders were taken in February, causing such high demand that two websites were shut down. It initially sold out in a matter of days following six years of development.

It comes in two forms: either with or without a network connector. There is no case, monitor or keyboard but it can be accessed through a TV. The computer runs off a Linux operating system and uses SD cards for storing data.

Mr Upton explained to the BBC that he managed to keep the cost of the computer down because of the goodwill that many individuals and organisations have shown towards the project. All the software is free, chip manufacturers kept their prices low and there have been many generous donations.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801339847-ADNFCR