The Raspberry Pi has been sold more than 2.5 million times in two years, the initiators behind the mini-computer have announced. At the same time, the organization is organizing a competition to make the graphics drivers for the sign open source.
Raspberry Pi made its announcement in celebration of its second birthday. In two years’ time, the mini PC has therefore been sold 2.5 million times, of which 100,000 units on the first day. The organization behind the Raspberry Pi claims to have sponsored several open source projects, such as XBMC, with the proceeds. In November, total sales were still at 2 million.
The organization behind the Raspberry Pi has conceived a plan to make the graphics drivers for the VideoCore IV GPU that the motherboard uses open source. This is possible because owner Broadcom has made public the source code for the graphics driver on the BCM21553 soc. A $10,000 reward has been offered to encourage developers to port the available code to the BCM2835 that runs the Raspberry Pi.
Since its release, the Raspberry Pi has had several uses. For example, a hobbyist has used the mini PC to turn it into a system camera. Another modified his microwave with the Raspberry Pi. Competition has also emerged: Intel and Arduino announced the Galileo board in October.