Disclaimer: I am in no way an electronics wizard or a programming junkie. I'm a typical "IT guy" who loves to tinker with this kind of stuff. I am creating this club for community/collaboration purposes to discuss and share projects, ideas, etc.
What’s a Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
Where can I buy one?
You can buy the Raspberry Pi through Premier Farnell/Element 14 and RS Components. Both distributors sell all over the world. You can also obtain one through eBay but you'll pay a premium.
Update: You can get a Raspberry Pi (1-2-3-0) from just about any major electronics retailer anymore (Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct, etc.)
What’s the difference between all the different models?
Model A has 256MB RAM, one USB port and no Ethernet (network connection). Model B has 512MB RAM, 2 USB port and an Ethernet port. Model 2B has 4 USB and a quad core CPU @ 900MHz. Model 3 now has built in WiFi and LE Bluetooth plus a 1.2GHz quad core 64-bit CPU. Pi 2 and 3 also utilize a Micro SD card instead of full sized SD like 1st gen Pi's.
Cost? Model A - ~$25 Model B - ~$35 (now much cheaper if you can find them) Model 2B - ~$35 (price will likely go down/expect deals since the 3 is out) Model 3B - ~$35 (a little hard to find at this point, expect to pay $5 or so for shipping) Model Zero - $5 (good luck finding this guy in the near future, nearly impossible to find without price gouging)
What's needed to get started
*Micro USB charging cable (5 volt 1000mAH/1A or higher is recommended) (5V 2.0 AMP is the minimum recommended for models 2 and 3 now)
*HDMI or Composite Video cable (the yellow one)
*Keyboard/Mouse or HTPC remote with USB receiver
*SD Card 2GB or higher (SDHC Class 6 and above cards preferred) SD Card Compatibility List (thanks to Ardalista)
*Case for the board is optional but I wouldn't want to finger it up repeatedly for ESD reasons.
*Monitor with HDMI support or TV with composite input.
*Ethernet cable (needed for some OS's to boot up properly)
I got a place in line the day they announced the official release. Took me hours to get through... It came in mid June.
Wow, thats a good 4 months in between right? I ordered mine October, came in late November, and my wife "gave" it to me on Christmas. So you've had it since June, have you done anything interesting on it yet?
I'm a beginner. I don't really know what to do with it. I used it to play movie on my big TV but I still need to pass a rj45 cable to the living room.
I need to buy a breakout kit, a breadboard, resistor, led and wire before I start with hardware.