The teeny-tiny Raspberry Pi computer was designed as a way for children to learn programming, but is finding a big audience among grown-up geeks like us too. Now it’s got an app store (the link should work later).
Launched today by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, IndieCity and Alcatel-Lucent, the store will offer a mixture of free and paid apps, including tutorials, programming tools and more consumer-focuses apps and games.
IndieCity is providing the payments system, and there’s also a ‘tip jar’ feature for free apps so Raspberry Pi owners can slip them some cash if they like their work. The store is also part of the device’s Raspbian operating system.
“With the Raspberry Pi finally having a dedicated software store, it’s going to bring together the already-thriving Pi community in a way that’s simply not been possible before,” says the Foundation’s Eben Upton.
“Our driving aim has always been to use Raspberry Pi to encourage and introduce a generation of children to programming and creative computer science. By now enabling Raspberry Pi users of all ages to gain critical and commercial success from their work through the new Pi Store we also believe it will be a powerful incentive for others to get involved and further spread the word.”