Maximum C64 sales are 17M although that's debatable, could be as low as 11. We may actually have sold more Pi3 than even the high number. Not sure of exact figures though. Whichever way of looking at it, we have sold a LOT of Pi. Twice the production rate of the C64 (300k a month vs >600k month for Pi IIRC, but I do not know exact figures)scruss wrote: ↑Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:32 pmand yet some old computer nerds still claim the C64 was the biggest seller¹ as a home computer because the Raspberry Pi doesn't have a built-in keyboard and that it hasn't kept the same chipset.
¹: that despite the C64 also having numerous chipset revisions and even case design with the C64c …
Pounce... So current sales rate upwards of 7 million per year (perhaps even 7.5 million/year). Combining all the (minimal) data I've gleaned, that should make current sales total at least 28 million, and pretty definitely over 30 million before the end of this year.
Yearly sales do vary according to demand - of course the Pi4 launch created a MASSIVE spike, and AFAIK still haven't completely caught up with demand.W. H. Heydt wrote: ↑Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:51 pmPounce... So current sales rate upwards of 7 million per year (perhaps even 7.5 million/year). Combining all the (minimal) data I've gleaned, that should make current sales total at least 28 million, and pretty definitely over 30 million before the end of this year.
That's great news!
My impression is that many Pi owners own more than one. Is it possible even though fewer were sold that there were a larger number of separate households that had C64 machines? One might also note that many Pi computers are being used in industrial settings.scruss wrote: ↑Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:08 pmThat's great news!
Sadly, these facts won't help my Commodore-partisan friends. "It's not a home computer because it's not" seems to be the best argument. It's up there with “REDACTED means REDACTED” in terms of making actual sense. They've maybe been invested in being members of Toronto PET Users Group for a bit too long.
Hard to say... Certainly among active posters here, multiple--not infrequently large multiples--of Pis under one roof are common, but it's unclear how general that is.
I totally agree with what you are saying. Theyrpdom wrote: ↑Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:35 amWell, the aim of the Pi is to encourage programmers (except they call it "coding" now).. Maybe not 25 million, but tens of thousands would be good.
Software engineers count, too
Indeed... Pi 4/4 in a solid gold case. A bit bling, but very good for cooling.
Even better would be Boron Arsenide.