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Raspberry Pi: Amazing Projects from Scratch by Richard Grimmett, Matthew Poole, Arush Kakkar, Ashwin Pajankar

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Installing the operating system

Before you get started, you'll need to download and create a card with the Raspbian operating system. You are going to install Raspbian, an open source version of the Debian version of Linux, on your Raspberry Pi.

There are two approaches to getting Raspbian on your board. The board is getting popular enough that you can now buy an SD card that already has Rasbpian installed, or you can download it onto your personal computer and then install it on the card. If you are going to download a distribution, you need to decide if you are going to use a Windows computer to download and create an SD card, or a Linux machine.

No matter which machine you are going to use, you'll need to download an image. Open a browser window. ...

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