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The Raspberry Pi

As a receiver of an 2013 INDEX: award in ‘Work’ category, today we would like to write down some words about The Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is 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.

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The Raspberry Pi are designed in Cambridge and manufactured in Wales by the namesake foundation. The main idea was trying to build the cheapest possible computer that provides a certain basic level of functionality, keeping the price low means and to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming. It surely was hard but when it comes to education, nothing else matters.

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The Model A will cost $25 and the Model B $35, plus local taxes and shipping/handling fees. 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. Beyond this, mice, keyboards, network adapters and external storage will all connect via a USB hub. The Raspberry Pi measures 85.60mm x 56mm x 21mm, with a little overlap for the SD card and connectors which project over the edges. It weighs 45g. The GPU (graphics processing unit) is capable of BluRay quality playback. It has a fast 3D core accessed using the supplied OpenGL ES2.0. Debian is recommended operating system as their default distribution.

For more: http://www.raspberrypi.org/

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