Raspberry Pi Quickstart

Raspberry Pi is a low-cost, low-power, single-board computer with user addressable general-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins. It runs GNU/Linux and has USB, ethernet, HDMI, and audio, and can run a full desktop environment and stream full-motion video. It is designed and ideally suited to learning programming and can be easily interfaced with hardware.

Where to get one:
What else you need:
  • You need a quality 5V powersupply with a USB micro connector (check your cell phone charger).
  • Keyboard, mouse, monitor (at least to get started).
  • Cable to connect to monitor (RGB or HDMI).
  • A 4Gb or larger SD card.
What else you want:
  • Adafruit has an excellent starter kit, which in addition to the power supply and SD card, contains:
    • Case
    • breadboard
    • GPIO breakout board
    • LEDs, resistors, jumper cables
  • A wifi adapter.
Getting Started:
  • Download the operating system and install it on the SD card. I recommend Adafruit's Educational Linux Distro (http://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-raspberry-pi-educational-linux-distro)
  • Hook up your keyboard, monitor, mouse.
  • Plug in your Pi and watch it boot. Don't let the linux scare you.
  • You will need to configure you keyboard to US.
  • Your default user is "pi" and keyword "Rasbperry". Change these if you want (see http://learn.adafruit.com/adafruits-raspberry-pi-lesson-2-first-time-configuration).
  • Once you get signed in to the prompt, you have to type "startx" to get in to a desktop environment.
Where to Go From Here:
My Raspberry Pi Projects:
See Also:

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