Raspberry Pi sells 2.5 million units

Raspberry Pi sells 2.5 million units
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

March 3rd 2014 at 10:28AM

Foundation offering $10,000 to the first person who can demonstrate Quake III running successfully on computer using source release of VideoCore IV graphics core

Credit-card sized computer Raspberry Pi has sold 2.5 million units around the world.

Created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to encourage students to study computer programming by means of a cheap computer, the tech can cost as little as £20 to £30.

Following the latest milestone, the organisation has made financial donations to open source projects including XBMC, libav, PyPy, Pixman, Wayland/Weston, Squeak, Scratch and WebKit.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation said one of the next advancements for the computer would be to run an open source graphics driver successfully.

Following the released by Broadcom of full documentation for the VideoCore IV graphics core and a source release of the graphics stack, the organisation is offering $10,000 to the first person who can demonstrate Quake III running successfully on Raspberry Pi.

"The lack of true open-source graphics drivers and documentation is widely acknowledged to be a significant problem for Linux on ARM, as it prevents users from fixing driver bugs, adding features and generally understanding what their hardware is doing," read a statement.

"Earlier today, Broadcom announced the release of full documentation for the VideoCore IV graphics core, and a complete source release of the graphics stack under a 3-clause BSD license. The source release targets the BCM21553 cellphone chip, but it should be reasonably straightforward to port this to the BCM2835, allowing access to the graphics core without using the blob. As an incentive to do this work, we will pay a bounty of $10,000 to the first person to demonstrate to us satisfactorily that they can successfully run Quake III at a playable framerate on Raspberry Pi using these drivers. This competition is open worldwide."

For more information about the competition, visit the official website.

Image credit: Jwrodgers