Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Pi

Just in time for Christmas (actually, one day late) I received the two Raspberry Pi's that I had ordered three or four weeks ago from Allied Electronics. What is a Raspberry Pi? Well, similar to the BeagleBoard, it is an ARM based single board computer that runs the Linux operating system. It measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches. It differs from the BeagleBoard with less computing power and fewer hardware features to help keep the cost low. Only $35 for the Model B!

The Pi is in high demand and retailers are not promising delivery dates as production tries to keep up with demand. Coincidentally, Santa brought me some nice RPi accessories (tiny wireless keyboard, wifi adapter, case), so I have been busy the last few days getting it all together.

So far I have downloaded and installed the "soft float" version of the Debian "Wheezy" Linux distribution. Soft float will be necessary to run Java on this processor, which I intend to do.
Bottom to top: RaspberryPi, BeagleBoard, RaspberryPi with case
One of the first experiments will be interfacing the Raspberry Pi and Arduino which I hope generates some application ideas.

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