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The Raspberry Pi-Still the World’s Tiniest and Hottest Computer

The Raspberry Pi-Still the World’s Tiniest and Hottest Computer

Feb 3, 2013

While the Raspberry Pi might sound like a dessert your grandmother would make, it is actually the world’s smallest and cheapest computer.  At just $25 a pop, these tiny machines have captured the minds of hobbyists, educators, students, and tinkerers alike.  Over one million have been sold since they came out last February and distributors still cannot keep them in stock.

Originally they were not expected to be so popular since they were created to be used as a learning tool for computer programming students.  Instead of taking apart your parent’s expensive computer to learn the innards of the machine, the Raspberry Pi offers a simplistic way to learn the basics since there is no case; just the computer itself.  The 3-inch by 2-inch sized machine was also intended to replace the expensive computers in school science labs.  For less than the price of a new keyboard, teachers could plug in the computer and connect it to older peripherals that may be lying around.

Since the Raspberry Pi is a “capable little PC” (www.raspberrypi.org), it can be used for anything a normal sized computer would be used for such as spreadsheets, word-processing, and games.  It plugs directly into your tv and keyboard and even plays high-definition video.  Creator Eben Upton has been “blown away” by the reception the small computer has received in the past year.  “I’m not aware of a company that has gone from a standing start to a million in a year,” he stated to the New York Times (www.nytimes.com).  “It’s quite a wild ride.  I don’t get a lot of sleep at the moment”.

To purchase your own Raspberry Pi or to check it out, visit the official website at:

www.raspberrypi.org

The Raspberry Pi in all it’s simplistic glory


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  4. Hi guys new here at Overclockers but not new to the raspberry pi. I have used “Raspbmc” “xbian” and “Openelec” all linux for and incorporating XBMC on boot, i now use the openelec as this seems to be the one that loads fastest and without the freezes that i was getting with the other two. I must say that experience will differ depending on the speed of your Broadband speed, i have a slow Sky connection, (you wouldn’t believe how slow lol) so i cannot watch internet streamed HD movies so look for stuff that is Standard definition instead, therefore not so much buffering. Try to keep connections directly to the PI to a minimum and as said by others use a Powered usb Hub for your Wifi dongle, keyboard and mouse reciever, external HDD, so as not to cause a drop in the voltage that the pi should be running at, if you do the PI will not like it at all. I use for the psu, a Blackberry charger, it works perfectly.

  5. This website is here to guide you through the process of developing very basic operating systems on the Raspberry Pi ! This website is aimed at people aged 16 and upwards, although younger readers may still find some of it accessible, particularly with assistance. More lessons may be added to this course in time.

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