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Hacking Raspberry Pi® by Timothy L. Warner

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Chapter 1. What Is the Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi, with Pi pronounced pie, is a $35 personal computer about the size of a credit card. No kidding—the Raspberry Pi development team literally used a credit card as a template when they designed the Pi’s printed circuit board (PCB).

The Pi, or RasPi, or RPi (users enjoy creating nicknames for the device) is the brainchild of the Raspberry Pi Foundation (http://raspberrypi.org), a charity based in the United Kingdom (UK) and founded by Broadcom hardware architect Eben Upton, along with some of his esteemed associates at Broadcom, Cambridge University, and other corporate and educational organizations.

Historically, computer science curricula both at the K-12 and even collegiate levels—if there ...

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