Raspberry Pi Beats Commodore 64, becomes the third most sold general purpose computer

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Raspberry Pi

A recent blog post by folks from over at Raspberry Pi announced a major milestone in the life of the popular, single-board computer model. According to the blog post, the Raspberry Pi has managed to beat the legendary Commodore 64 in terms of total sales with the company managing to sell more than 12.5 million boards in a span of five years.

The blog post adds that the Raspberry Pi now holds the record for being the third most popular general purpose computing platform on the planet. In case you were wondering what the number one and number two platforms are, it’s good ol’ Windows in the first place, followed by Apple’s MacOS at the second spot.

A Commodore 64C By Bill Bertram (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
A Commodore 64C By Bill Bertram (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

The announcement was first made by Raspberry Pi’s founder and former trustee  Eben Upton at a party organized by Raspberry Pi on the occasion of its fifth birthday.

“The Commodore 64 had, until recently, the distinction of being the third most popular general purpose computing platform. That’s what I’m here to celebrate. We are now the third most popular general purpose computing platform after the Mac and PC.” Upton told his co-workers.

The blog post describes the Pi’s record as an incredible achievement considering the astronomical sales figures that Windows and MacOS boast of.  As for the Commodore, the number of 12.5 million in sales figures came from analysis of serial numbers belonging to the C64, the blog post revealed.


Having spent the better part of the last decade writing about technology, Rahul is among the most experienced tech journalists in India. His writing career began back to 2006 when he started off as a member of the Microsoft PYPC (Protect Your PC) team. At Microsoft, most of his time was spent on creating and updating Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles. In 2008, thanks to his proclivity for consumer technology, he joined Techtree, then India’s most popular consumer tech website. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications including GQ Magazine, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr.

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