From mainframes to palmtops, our world is experiencing a never ending cycle of evolution of computers. Earlier the expense were high and a middle class person could not afford to have one until the cheaper versions came into existence like portable laptops, palmtops, PCs etc. To add to this series, the very latest version of computer is smaller enough to be kept in your pocket (although you would probably never keep it there!).
Raspberry Pi is a very capable mini computer which is approx a credit-card sized! It belongs to a series of small-single board computers. It was developed in UK by Raspberry Pi Foundation. It was designed to promote basic computer science knowledge in schools and in developing countries.
Our very first question is : what actually differs RPi from a traditional PC? It is more or less the same like a PC we all have used once in our life except the fact that everything that makes up a computer is on a single board in RPi rather than a traditional PC, which has a motherboard and requires a number of additional daughter-boards to make a whole unit.
Now getting started with a RPi needs to follow a step or two. For everyday use, you will need to connect a mouse, keyboard and display as well as power. These are basic connections one has to arrange, you may also use an Ethernet cable or a USB dongle to add WiFi or Bluetooth.
The next step follows the installation ofan operating system. Many operating systems are available for RPi like Ubuntu and Windows 10. The operating system is officially supported by Raspbian which is based on Debian. Once everything is connected, the RPi will start to reboot. For the first time, choose Raspbian and leave it to run the installer. Once the Raspbian is installed successfully, you have a whole host of other software you can install too!
The best thing about RPi is its portability. It is also quite inexpensive with impressive advantage: Compatibility. It gives freedom to the user to connect with any monitor and input devices. As the availability of RPi is quite easy in Indian markets, it would be quite interesting to see it’s popularity among the geeky minds!