What is Raspberry Pi?

What is Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sizedraspberry pi
single-board computer developed in the UK by
the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention
of promoting the teaching of basic computer
science in schools.

The Raspberry Pi is manufactured through
licensed manufacturing deals with Element
14/Premier Farnell and RS Components. Both of
these companies sell the Raspberry Pi online.

The Raspberry Pi has a Broadcom BCM2835 systemRaspberryPi1

on a chip (SoC), which includes an
ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor (The firmware
includes a number of “Turbo” modes so that the
user can attempt overclocking, up-to 1 GHz,
without affecting the warranty), VideoCore IV
GPU, and originally shipped with 256 megabytes
of RAM, later upgraded to 512MB.
It does not, however,  include a built-in hard disk or
solid-state drive, but uses an SD card for
booting and long-term storage.

The Foundation’s goal is to offer two versions,
priced at US$25 and US$35. The Foundation
started accepting orders for the higher priced
model B on 29 February 2012. and the lower
cost model A on February 4, 2013

The Foundation provides Debian and Arch Linux
ARM distributions for download. Also planned
are tools for supporting Python as the main
programming language, with support for BBC
BASIC, (via the RISC OS image or the “Brandy
Basic” clone for Linux), C, and Perl.

On 17 December 2012 the Raspberry Pi
Foundation, in collaboration with IndieCity
and Velocix, opened the “Pi Store”, as a
“one-stop shop for all your Raspberry Pi
(software) needs”. Using an application
included in Raspbian, users can browse through
several categories and download what they
want. Software can also be uploaded for
moderation and release.

It’s the smallest working personal computer in
the world today. It’s obviously very portable,
it’s obviously very minimal.

Can you take this computer anywhere?
You still have to have a power hook up and a
monitor and keyboard and mouse. You have to
know how to install and use Debian and/or Arch
linux to use this device.

Which makes sense, since the linux OSs are known for minimal use.

The SD card acts as the hard drive on the
device for long term storage.

Think about it, it’s the slimmest, smallest
working personal computer in the world today.

Will you be playing WoW or Crysis on it?
No.

Will you be editing RAW video on it?
Nope.

Will you be able to send and receive an emails
with it?
Yes. definitely.

It’s a very minimal use computer.

Why all the rage?

Raspberry Pi has a tremendous following.  Because of it’s size and mobility.
The applications for this type of device are
abundant. If your a DIY geek, that is.

Why would someone want this device?
Once again, this is for a particular crowd if
your going to sell it in bulk. However,
perhaps the applications for this particular
device range further for special applications
needs. Such as security or portability.
That’s just off the top of my head though.
Obviously the open source and linux community
are drooling right now because of the
amazement of such a device.
it’s small and it runs their favorite OS.

So there you have it. That is my limited knowledge and explanation on Raspberry Pi.
Simply to introduce the Raspberry Pi to those reading this blog.

Fortuneately you can gain more insight to this wonderful modern technology by checking out a few
convenient webpages:

Check out the official webpage:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/about

Check out the wikipedia page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi_Foundation

Check out the wikipedia page on what is Raspberry Pi:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi

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