What is Raspberry Pi?

Many may still wonder what Raspberry Pi is, which has gained so much popularity in such a short time. Here is the article which will address to all your queries about Raspberry Pi.


What is a Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry pi is a credit-card-sized single-board computer with 512 MB Ram that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. Instead of an in built hard disk, it uses the SD card. Developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation for booting and storage.

It was originally built/ designed to teach computer science to students in 2012.


History of Raspberry Pi:

While working for the university of Cambridge, back in 2005-06, One of Eben’s, founder and former trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation,  job was to make high school students come and study computer science at the university.

It was noticed that year on year number of students enrolling for the course was declining and Generation is not familiar with the programming bit. Home PCs and gaming consoles have replaced the programming machines used in 1980s by then generation.

This is where Eben and team felt the need for a machine that was similar to what they used when learning computer science and which would prompt students to program on their own.


Why Linux in Raspberry Pi?

Eben and team was cost driven as device was primarily intended for students. If they were to design a $400 PC going for a windows license could have justified it’s use. But for a $25 PC we were making opensource was the best choice.

Linux is a powerful opensource OS, An operating system is to make the user understand how the machine actually operates. With the availability of the source code, Linux serves the purpose well which is really important from the education standpoint.


Why the name Raspberry Pi?

If we recall the old days of microcomputers, there was a fruit-naming tradition like Acorn, Tangerine Computer Systems or Apricot Computers. Raspberry is a reference to that tradition. Pi was used because originally Ebon and team wanted to produce a computer that could run only Python.


Raspberry Pi Models:

Currently it has two models: Model A and Model B. The model A has 1 USB port and no Ethernet port with 256 MB RAM, whereas the model B has 2 USB ports and has an Ethernet port with 512 MB RAM. Model A offers small advantage of using less power, can be powered by 500 mA power supplies.


raspberry pi model b


Some Coolest uses for the Raspberry Pi:

  •  Media streamer.
  • Arcade machine.
  • Tablet computer.
  • Home automation.
  • in-car tablet computer based on the Pi.
  • Universities are examining whether an array of Pi boards could serve as an onboard computer system for mini satellites.


How to set up raspberry pi device? 

Web Geometrics is one of the initial adopters of  Raspberry Pi application development in India.

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