Credit card-sized computer Raspberry Pi sells 2.5 million units

Founders of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer have launched a contest to run first-person shooter Quake 3 on the device

By Jonathan Toyad

Image credit: Raspberry Pi

Image credit: Raspberry Pi

In order to promote the study of computer science in schools, a group of tech-heads created Raspberry Pi Foundation, a charitable entity. The group is also responsible for the credit card-sized computer called Raspberry Pi.

Celebrating its second birthday since the microcomputer’s debut on February 29, 2012, the group announced that it has sold more than 2.5 million units. The funds from the sales will be used for “substantial financial contributions” to various open-source projects.

In addition, Raspberry Pi Co-founder Eben Upton posted a contest to see who can run the first-person shooter known as Quake 3 on the microcomputer. Specifically, the aim of the contest is to “port the Broadcom VideoCore IV open source graphics driver stack” to run on the microcomputer. The game needs to run on a 1920×1080 resolution with a minimum of 20 frames per second.

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More details can be found on the contest page. Contestants and up-and-coming engineers can send their winning source code to the official public e-mail. If there’s anything the internet has taught the world, is that there are people willing to accept insurmountable challenges.

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