Raspberry Pi unboxing (gallery)

Raspberry Pi unboxing (gallery)

Summary: A close-up look at one of the most anticipated computers of 2012, the $40 Raspberry Pi.

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  • The Raspberry Pi is shipped wrapped inside an anti-static bag.

    The Pi ships as the bare board – to get it up and running you’ll need to source an SD card for storage, HDMI or composite video leads to hook it up to a TV or monitor , a micro USB power lead and a USB mouse and keyboard.

    Your first port of call should be the downloads section of the Raspberry Pi Foundation website, where you can download a Linux OS customised to run on the board. There are a variety of OSes available, including Debian and Fedora. The foundation recommends that new users of Linux download the customised version of Debian Squeeze from the site.

  • Here’s the board in all it’s glory. The first 10,000 boards to ship are bare but later Raspberry Pi computers will include a case.

    Two versions of the board are being sold, the model B selling at $40 and the model A, which will be slightly cheaper when it goes on sale later this year. Unlike the model B the model A will not have a 10/100 Ethernet port and only has one USB port.

  • The tiny board truly lives up to its description as being a credit card sized computer, no longer than a USB stick and easily big enough to fit into a pocket.

Topics: Hardware, CXO

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  • Easily big enough to fit in a pocket???

    n/t
    kfan
  • Wow, does it play PONG!

    What's the point? I could see buying this for fun hobby time and or a specific computing use, but really?
    Jesster
  • Your imagination is the only limit.

    It has more computing power than the Apollo 11 rocket and that made it to the moon and back. So what couldn't you do with it? Your imagination is the only limit.
    BarneyTomB
  • Use your imagination.

    I have 2 PCs. One, a dual core Atom ION mini-ITX & supposedly low power consuming, runs 24/7 managing my torrents and skype. The other, a quad core phenom, high power consumer , I use only when I have some heavy processing to do.

    Just imaging how much I could save in my power bill if this Pi computer can run on only 6 watts of power. ( It supposedly requires 1.2 amps at 5 V to accommodate for spikes in power requirement). Attaching a 32 gb SD card running some version of mini Linux would serve my purpose extremely well. I would reduce my consumption from say around 120 / 130 watts down to under 10 watts. I would be saving close to 90 kwh per month. At current energy rates it would be paid for within say 3 - 4 months. I just wish they would ship it India.
    pmshah@...