You’ve surely heard of the Raspberry Pi – the palm-sized computer with enough power to run servers or media centers complete with retro gaming, with the connectivity to control security systems and enthusiast projects, and with the software tools to encourage the teaching and understanding of programming.
Since its launch in 2012, the Raspberry Pi has exceeded expectations, becoming a must-have piece of computer hardware for enthusiasts and tech-heads. For a small project developed to be sold to schools and colleges to teach programming principles, that’s not bad. It’s also just the tip of the iceberg.
In this guide you’ll find everything you need to know about the Raspberry Pi computer, its background, purpose, system specs, the software it runs and the amazing things it is capable of.
This manual will show you:
- The philosophy behind the Raspberry Pi.
- The surprising specs of this tiny, affordable computer.
- What you need to use a Pi, from storage to cases to cables.
- Setting up Linux on your Pi, and exploring the different distros.
- Finding software for your Pi.
- Different uses for a Pi, from a media center to a security system.