OFFICIAL OCN RASPBERRY PI OWNERS CLUB!
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.
- ~$35 (now much cheaper if you can find them)
- ~$35 (price will likely go down/expect deals since the 3 is out)
- ~$35 (a little hard to find at this point, expect to pay $5 or so for shipping)
- $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)
Cases, Starter Kits, Etc.
(Easy to use HTPC OS)
(Recommended starter OS)
Windows 10 IoT
RetroPie (my fav)
Installing the OS to a SD card
Win32 Disk Imager (this is a must for Windows users)
GPIO (26 pin for first gen 40 pin for 2 & 3)
Raspberry Pi running Quake!
Raspberry Pi Mini Arcade (aka Picade)
Gmail LED notification project
Again guys, by all means lets get some input into this. I am only a beginner myself and would love to see some contribution to this club.