Raspberry Pi Beginnings

The Raspberry Pi B+ came with an 8GB MicroSD card. This had the NOOBS operating system package already installed on it. The MicroSD card got upgraded to 64GBs. This had to be formatted to FAT32 in order for it to run on the Raspberry Pi. Overview of this process is given below. There is also some general discussion about the Pi and its place in British Computing. 

The Canakit Kit version of Raspberry Pi

The CanaKit version of Raspberry Pi

 

CanaKit Raspberry Pi B+ Ultimate Starter Kit (Over 40 Components: Raspberry Pi B Plus + WiFi Dongle + 8GB SD Card + Case + Power Supply and many more) cost USD $65 on Amazon.

FAT32

File Allocation Table (FAT) is file a structure dating back to 1977. It is a lightweight format commonly used for portable storage devices, such as SD cards and UBS sticks. SD and MicroSD cards above 32 GB will need to be formatted to FAT32 in order to run on the Raspberry Pi.

 

RaspberryPi.org has a comprehensive peer to peer learning structure in place - even for beginners.

RaspberryPi.org has a comprehensive peer to peer learning structure in place – even for beginners.

 

Formatting

 The MicroSD card was formatted using Windows and FAT32 Format.

 

 

FAT32 Format is easy to use.

FAT32 Format is easy to use.

 The latest NOOBS package was then installed onto the MicroSD card. 

NOOBS contains RASPIAN, PIDORA, OPENELEC, RASPBMC and RISC OS.

NOOBS contains RASPIAN, PIDORA, OPENELEC, RASPBMC and RISC OS.

Reduced Instruction Set Computing

The RISC OS operating system is directly linked to Acorn computers, which was responsible for the ARM architecture now used in devices like mobile phones. The original meaning of ARM was Acorn RISC Machines.

RISC OS and Acorn were closely tied to the Cambridge computing scene. Acorn also played an integral role in the BBC Computer Literacy Project in the 1980s. This was after it won the contract to produce the BBC Micro for schools. 

Boot

Drop and drag the NOOB files onto the MicroSD card. Do not put them into a folder. The Raspberry Pi is then ready to boot.

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The Raspberry Pi has an intuitive set of boot commands.

 The options menu will then be presented. RASPIAN is the standard operating system.

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The Raspberry Pi can run numerous operating systems.

The system setup process goes through a largely automated process of setup commands.

The step is a series of easy to follow instruction bulletins as RASPIAN installs.

This step is a series of easy to follow instruction bulletins as RASPIAN installs.

The back end code then does its thing.

The back end code then does its thing.

The easy to use desktop environment option means anyone can use the Raspberry Pi from setup.

The Raspberry Pi has been cleverly designed for tiered learning. It can be used by novices or heavy duties users from installation.

The Raspberry Pi has been cleverly designed for tiered learning. It can be used by beginners and experts alike.

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