Second-gen Raspberry Pi runs Ubuntu, Windows 10

The second generation of the original paradigm shifting Raspberry Pi development computer was released on Monday this week, featuring some hardware upgrades and support for new operating systems.

The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is the same form factor and price -- $35 -- as its predecessor, the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ (yeah, the version designations are confusing). This update beefs up the processor with a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 MCU, and doubles the RAM to a full gigabyte.

Those improvements allow the Raspberry Pi 2 to run a wide range of Linux distributions -- includingUbuntu Snappy Core, which has particular appeal to Internet of Things developers. It will also be able to run a specialized version of Windows 10, which Microsoft will release for free through the Windows Developer Program for IoT.

Image Credits: Microsoft Developer Network Blog

The Raspberry Pi Foundation will continue to support its v1 hardware, with which the Raspberry Pi 2 is fully compatible.

Interest in the product swamped the foundation's website and forced a temporary closure of the forums, according to an update posted today. The foundation said it took less than a day to sell out the entire initial production run -- around 150,000 units -- and that it is now manufacturing 20,000 more each day to meet demand.

Full details about the new specs can be found here, or by watching the press conference below.

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