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The Raspberry Pi single board computer

The size of a creditcard but more powerful than your iPhone.

Published : 29 August 2018


The size of a creditcard but more powerful than your iPhone.

The Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and in developing countries. The original model became far more popular than anticipated, selling outside its target market for uses such as robotics. It does not include peripherals (such as keyboards and mice) and cases.

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A naked Raspberry Pi

A naked Raspberry Pi

According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, more than 5 million Raspberry Pis were sold by February 2015, making it the best-selling British computer. By November 2016 they had sold 11 million units, and 12.5m by March 2017, making it the third best-selling "general purpose computer". In July 2017, sales reached nearly 15 million. In March 2018, sales reached 19 million. Most Pis are made in a Sony factory in Pencoed, Wales; some are also made in China and Japan.

The first generation (Raspberry Pi 1 Model B) was released in February 2012, followed by the simpler and cheaper Model A. In 2014, the Foundation released a board with an improved design, Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+. These boards are approximately credit-card sized and represent the standard mainline form-factor. Improved A+ and B+ models were released a year later. The Raspberry Pi 2, which added more RAM, was released in February 2015.

And this web page has just been delivered to your screen from a Raspberry Pi running web server software. It costs less than 2 pence a day to run and it is absolutely silent. I have another on my desk that I use for day to day computing, emails, browsing etc. My third Raspberry Pi records the footage from my CCTV security cameras, and the other two are just spares. That is until I can find a use for one or both of them.

The actual Raspberry Pi that this webserver is running on.

The actual Raspberry Pi that this webserver is running on.

The reason I have two spares is because one used to monitor the battery voltage and charging current on my solar farm, but I replaced it with a smaller cheaper unit because using a Raspberry Pi was just a waste of a good Raspberry Pi. The last one was used as a fileserver on my network, but it outlived the hard disk that the files were on and is now sat on a shelf awaiting its next job.

TL;DR - Conclusion.

I do have a normal PC, but I can't remember the last time I switched it on. It sounds like a vacuum cleaner when the fans start spinning and all the little lights start flickering, and it doesn't do anything that a Raspberry Pi won't do in total silence, except for graphic intensive games that I'm not all that bothered about playing anyway.


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