Raspberry Pi

Updated: 09/12/2023 by Computer Hope
Raspberry Pi

First released in 2012, the Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer created by the Raspberry Pi foundation in the United Kingdom. It was designed to be a small, cheap computer that could be used in schools to teach science to children. Since its introduction, almost four million Raspberry Pis were sold.

These machines use a 700 MHz ARM processor, and models can come with 256 MB or 512 MB of RAM (random-access memory). They support up to five USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 ports. Raspberry Pis may utilize a MicroSD card or flash memory (up to 4 GB) for non-volatile storage, and uses HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) for digital audio and video output. There is no onboard network interface, but they support Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking via USB.

Raspberry Pis commonly runs Linux as its operating system. Arch Linux, Fedora, Puppy Linux, Slackware, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenSUSE, and RISC OS are available for the Pi. Raspbmc, an operating system specifically created for using the Pi as a digital media center or HTPC (home theater personal computer), is also available.

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