What is Raspberry Pi

You may have heard of that name but paid no attention

Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. All hardware integrated in a single board. The main objective is to stimulate the teaching of basic computer science in schools.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation began accepting orders for the $ 35 model from February 19, 2012.

The computer is based on a Broadcom BCM2835 system-on-chip (SoC) system, which includes a 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 256 Megabytes of RAM. The project does not include a non-volatile memory, such as a hard disk, having an SD card slot for data storage.

There are currently two models: Model A and Model B. The big difference between the two models is that Model B has one Ethernet controller and two USB ports, while Model A has only one USB port and no Ethernet port.

Although it does not have an Ethernet port, Model A can be connected to the internet via a USB Ethernet adapter or via Wi-Fi.

Raspberry Pi does not have a real time clock (RTC), creating the need for the operating system to use a Network Time Protocol (NTP), or the user to provide time to the system.

Raspberry Pi is compatible with Linux-based operating systems. Raspbian is the official Linux distribution of Raspberry Pi. Arch Linux distributions and of course Debian (which even runs on a toaster) are also officially supported and available for download. Operating system normally stored on SD card

Any language that can be compiled into the ARMv6 architecture can be used for software development. The project aims to use Python as the BBC_BASIC supported reference language.

Among the releases of new personal computers and smartphones, the ones that draw the most attention are usually those with the latest generation features and powerful hardware.

Still, a new product that goes completely against this trend promises to revolutionize computing, and its asset is to have fairly simple hardware. We are talking about Raspberry Pi.

The birth of the idea

The Raspberry Pi project aims to provide a simple, inexpensive computer so that young people and children around the world can have access to basic programming learning tools. The idea was put forward by a group of students from the computer lab at the University of Cambridge, USA, as they realized that the knowledge level of the new students was in constant decline.

Raspberry Pi's primary goal is to be a simple and inexpensive solution for young people to get started in the programming world, especially in developing countries.

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