Now its not a edible pie we are talking about. Its a computer, yes Raspberry pi is a fully functioning computer currently runs on Linux. A cost effective device which is about the size of your ID card and runs just on 5v power is what you need to get started learning computer or the basic programming. You just need to get a Monitor and standard size keyboard and mouse to get it up and running.
Fun fact is this device was invented in UK by Eben Upton, Rob Mullins, Jack Lang and Alan Mycroft, to incline the number of students to read Computer Science. Thanks to them now we can have computer even in the most rural place. Every one can study computer and every one can start developing, just what we need is a Raspberry pi and a push to learn.
Initially Raspberry Pi A was released with 256MB of ram 2 USB ports and a SD card read where you can install different minified Linux OS.now, till the date Raspberry Pi 2 has been announced with higher processor, ram and more ports to connect different USB devices. Well this new devices is in sale and you can get it in just 35$.
Currently below OS’es can be installed in PI
- Noobs and Noobs lite, Raspbian
- which is developed by the same community , and is good for beginners and I promise that you will love learning with this.
- Snappy Ubuntu, OPENLEC, OSMC, PIDORA,RISC OS which are third party .
- Also Microsoft has confirmed that windows 10 will be supported by Raspberry 2, which is again another good news for us.
Here is a small comparison between Raspberry Pi Model A , B and 2
|MODEL A||MODEL B||RAPSBERRY 2|
|PROCESSOR||700MHz -1CPU||700MHz-1CPU||900MHz- Quadcore|
|VIDEO||HDMI (v1.4), RCA / composite||HDMI (v1.4), RCA / composite||HDMI (v1.4), RCA / composite|
|AUDIO||INTEGRATED 3.5mm||INTEGRATED 3.5mm||INTEGRATED 3.5mm|
|MEMORY CARD READER||SD MMC||SD MMC||SD MMC|
|NETWORKING||ETHERNET 1PORT||ETHERNET 1PORT||ETHERNET 1PORT|
I know i am not giving much of technical details here.But you can definitely harvest in its native website.
Also i encourage you to go through their website , browse the product and get one too.