In a surprise move, Raspberry Pi today announced that a new website has been created to support Raspberry Pi devices, sales and documentation. This marks a change from a single website from 2011 which served both educational outreach and sales. Another change is Raspberry Pi’s social media presence, with the original Raspberry Pi twitter account focusing on the hardware, and another representing the charity and educational outreach of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Raspberry Pi Trading and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have long been separate entities. Raspberry Pi Trading is responsible for the hardware engineering and sales of Raspberry Pi while Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity that provides educational outreach such as learning resources and teacher outreach program “Picademy”.
In two blog posts, one written by Liz Upton, executive director of communications for Raspberry Pi Trading, and another from Philip Colligan chief executive of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, we learn that the division is a necessary step as the user base grows and their requirements change. The new raspberrypi.com website aims to serve those interested in the Raspberry Pi hardware and software and provides documentation and links to resellers offering official Raspberry Pi boards and accessories.
“Up until now, we have all used a single website, raspberrypi.org, for all our content, whether that content was about our educational work or about Raspberry Pi computers. Some of you told us that it was difficult to find certain material, because that website had to serve so many different purposes. Today we’re changing that, in order to make it much easier for you to find what you’re looking for.” Liz Upton.
For educators the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s site provides the resources for online learning, educational research and materials aimed at Code Clubs and CoderDojos.
The changes also impact Raspberry Pi social media outlets which sees a similar split between educational outreach and hardware.