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Learning Python with Raspberry Pi by Ben Everard, Alex Bradbury

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Chapter 1

Getting Up and Running

WELCOME TO Learning Python with Raspberry Pi. In this book, you'll learn how to unlock the full power of the tiny computer, from 3D graphics to games programming to controlling electronics to tweeting. You'll see what's going on under the hood and learn how to create programs that take advantage of every feature of this minuscule computer.

Setting Up Your Raspberry Pi

To follow this book, you'll need a few bits of equipment:

  • Raspberry Pi
  • USB keyboard
  • USB mouse
  • SD card
  • Monitor
  • Power supply

There are also a few optional bits of kit that may help:

  • Powered USB hub (highly recommended)
  • Camera module
  • USB webcam
  • USB WiFi dongle

It is possible to do everything in this book with a model A Raspberry Pi. The real advantage of a model B as far as programming is concerned is the network port. This port will make it easier to connect to the Internet, which you'll need to do to install some software.

Any USB keyboard and mouse should work fine. Most SD cards should work, although there are a few that will cause problems. If you're unsure, buy one from a Raspberry Pi online shop (there are links to a few on http://raspberrypi.org).

The Raspberry Pi has a HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) video output, but most monitors have VGA or DVI input. If at all possible, use a monitor that has DVI or HDMI input. A HDMI-to-DVI converter should cost only a few pounds/dollars and shouldn't detract from the image quality. HDMI-to-VGA converters are available, ...

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