In some of my blogs I reference a small computer called a Raspberry Pi. For computer geeks out there they already know what it is. For those not in the tech industry they may not be aware of this little guy.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. We do this so that more people are able to harness the power of computing and digital technologies for work, to solve problems that matter to them, and to express themselves creatively.raspberrypi.org
These small computers let you build all sorts of things without knowing much about the inner workings of the device. The Raspberry Pi foundation has a projects page that helps get those creative juices flowing: https://projects.raspberrypi.org. Websites, robots, games. You name it, someone has probably built it using a Raspberry Pi. This is a fun device with kids to start learning about computers and the basics of programming.
The device comes without an operating system. An operating system (OS) is the software component that makes the hardware talk to one another. The official OS of choice is called Rasbian. You’ll need a micro SD card which is the hard drive of the Raspberry Pi and load Rasbian on it.
Download and install Rasbian
Head over to https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/ to download the latest version of Rasbian. For most users select the first tile and click Download Zip.
While downloading you’ll also need to download Etcher which is software that will write the Rasbian OS onto the micro SD card that plugs in the Raspberry Pi.
Once Rasbian is downloaded open up Etcher. Select the Rasbian download and then select the micro SD card. Click submit to start writing the OS to the micro SD card.
Once complete simply pop the micro SD card into the Raspberry Pi and turn it on! After loading it will look like your typical desktop with chrome and a free version of MineCraft (Python version).
Now that you have the OS installed you can go the Raspberry Pi projects page to build something interesting!