Raspberry Pi

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What Does Raspberry Pi Mean?

Raspberry Pi is a low-cost, basic computer that was originally intended to help spur interest in computing among school-aged children. The Raspberry Pi is contained on a single circuit board and features ports for:

  • HDMI
  • USB 2.0
  • Composite video
  • Analog audio
  • Power
  • Internet
  • SD Card

The computer runs entirely on open-source software and gives students the ability to mix and match software according to the work they wish to do.

Techopedia Explains Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi debuted in February 2012. The group behind the computer’s development – the Raspberry Pi Foundation – started the project to make computing fun for students, while also creating interest in how computers work at a basic level. Unlike using an encased computer from a manufacturer, the Raspberry Pi shows the essential guts behind the plastic. Even the software, by virtue of being open-source, offers an opportunity for students to explore the underlying code – if they wish.

The Raspberry Pi is believed to be an ideal learning tool, in that it is cheap to make, easy to replace and needs only a keyboard and a TV to run. These same strengths also make it an ideal product to jumpstart computing in the developing world.


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