The #RaspberryPi #UserGroup on #Facebook quietly soared past the 20,000 member milestone this past weekend. It all began three years ago when Steve Meyer and fellow entrepreneur Arman Bastani discussed the potential of a small credit card-sized SBC (single board computer). Created by the UK’s Raspberry Pi Foundation to facilitate interest in computer programming and STEM education, it was announced that preorders would begin on February 29 2012.
Spotting the potential for use in another project Steve recalls, “the server was mobbed with interest from around the world but I repeatedly refreshed the order page that Wednesday afternoon until I was able to place my order.” In the beginning there was a choice between the Model A or the Model B, with the primary difference being whether it included ethernet. Steve continues, “I chose the Model B for my project because I was using embedded Linux to build a Wi-Fi access point and needed both wireless and wired access to the network. And then I realized that others might use the Raspberry Pi for more than education so I knew a user group to share ideas and experience would be something valuable to all.”
These days the Facebook group has members worldwide with four admins to keep things in order. If you are part of the latest craze in the DIY and hobby computer segment you might head over to share your projects or if you’re new take a look at what the buzz is all about.