Linux is used almost everywhere from cars to smartphones and one the most important are small devices that we actually can call a computer, and is being used widely, in robotics, can be connected to your TV and be used as computer with a big screen, IoT (the inter connection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data), on drones and many other good options that can be applied.
What is a Raspberry Pi?
Raspberry Pi is a small single-board computer developed in the United Kingdom by Raspberry Pi Foundation. It had as first and main purpose promotion base computer science learning at schools in developing countries. But its success was not expected since it sold more than 5 billion before 2015 and by September 9th, 2016. The number had doubled and most of the devices were sold in an area different than school education, robotics. The device is sold without accessories (mouse, keyboards, cases, display cables and others), but can be operated with any generic devices. The video output uses modern resolutions including 1080p HDTV.
SoC: Broadcom BCM2837 (roughly 50% faster than the Pi 2)
CPU: 1.2 GHZ quad-core ARM Cortex A53 (ARMv8 Instruction Set)
GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV @ 400 MHz.
Memory: 1 GB LPDDR2-900 SDRAM.
USB ports: 4.
Network: 10/100 MBPS Ethernet, 802.11n Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0.
The last Raspberry Pi 3 with 1.2 GHZ quad-core ARM Cortex A53 (ARMv8 Instruction Set) is almost 10 times faster than Raspberry Pi (RP)1 and 80% faster than RP2 on parallelized tasks.
Raspbian is the official and recommended OS for Raspberry and is fully optimized to use with its hardware.
It is based on Debian and comes with more than 35000 packages of software pre-compiled for easy installation on your system.
This OS is managed by community and its development active with the focus on stability and performance of most of the Debian packages created.
There are also unofficial supported OSes available like Fedora, Ubuntu MATE, Kali Linux, Ubuntu Core, Windows 10 IoT Core, RISC OS, Slackware, Debian, Arch, Linux ARM Android Things and others.
Download Raspbian OS
Raspberry Pi has been very useful since it's very cheap and portable (can fit in your pocket) and is widely being used for education for bigger projects.
So, do you own a Raspberry Pi or had an experience with one yet? Leave your opinions below.