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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.