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About Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi isn't your average computer. It doesn't come with a monitor, keyboard or mouse. In fact, it doesn't come with a casing at all. Its components are completely exposed, and it's about the size of a credit card. It's stripped down to its most basic functioning. This no-nonsense machine is for techies and computer tinkerers who want to learn what real computing is all about. Budding computer engineers can easily manipulate, upgrade and expand on this computer, and that's what the founders of the nonprofit Raspberry Pi Foundation had in mind when they conceived of the machine. The designers don’t want the next generation to lack a basic technical understanding of how computers and programming work. You can’t use Raspberry Pi if you don’t know how to work the crust, manipulate the ingredients, and add the sugar to make it sweet. While the computer comes with a quick start guide that gets users up and running quickly, the experience is educational. When users plug in various cables and connectors to the compatible ports, they can see the hardware and how everything fits together. That is why Raspberry Pi is often used in computer science classes. Even though it may not look like it, Raspberry Pi is a fully functioning computer out of the box. It can be hooked up to virtually any HDMI-compatible screen. For simplicity, VGA system connectivity is not supported. However, this tiny computer does support SD cards, LAN and USB ports, and Model B has an Ethernet port. The audio-out is a standard 3.5 mm jack, and audio-in requires a USB microphone. The operating system is stored on the SD, and Debian is the recommended default. The computer also comes equipped to handle decent graphics and HD video output.