Raspberry Pi

1) What is it?

  • A $35 computer originally designed with the intention of being a teaching tool for computer science in schools.
  • It has been designed to be cheap, accessible, and compatible which is why it is credited with helping lower the barrier to entry of computers.
  • Newest version (Model B – Rev 2) has a 700 MHz CPU (Over-clocking easily done) and 512 MB of RAM.
  • Has HDMI (1080p Capable) for video/audio or VGA video and  3.5 mm audio jacks for universal compatibility.
  • 100 Mb/s Ethernet, 2 x USB 2.0.
  • Operating system runs off the SD card.

2) where to get it?

3) how to set it up
– Install the operating system on a SD card.You need a computer with an SD card reader to write to the card.
http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads (Main release is Raspbian a.k.a. Wheeszy which is an optimized version of Debian)
http://elinux.org/RPi_Distributions#Available_Distributions (List of all the distributions )

4) What you can do with it once it is setup
– Run most things that you would expect to run with Linux.
– Run a Server
– Cobbler (who needs Arduino) allows you to connect to sensors, servos, motors, etc…

5) How to extend it and why it is cool for us
– Gives us a portable platform on which we can build the game and the video output to the display.

Interesting Links:
http://elinux.org/RPi_Distributions#Available_Distributions – Complete list of all available distributions that are currently available for the Raspberry Pi
http://elinux.org/RPi_Easy_SD_Card_Setup – Resources on how to install distributions on your SD Card
http://www.themagpi.com/ – Raspberry Pi Enthusiast Magazine
http://adafruit.com/products/914 – Cool Raspberry Pi Cobbler Projects
http://www.cosm.com – On-line database service allowing developers to connect sensor-derived data on the web.



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