In recent years, computer education has focused largely on office skills, and not on understanding how computers work, or how you can use them to create new programs and inventions. The Raspberry Pi redresses the balance. It can be used for games, music, photo editing, and word processing, like any computer. But it can do so much more, providing a gateway into programming, electronics, and the mysterious world of Linux, the technically powerful (and free) rival to Windows and Mac OS.
Although the Raspberry Pi presents new opportunities to everyone, it can also be a daunting prospect. It comes as a bare circuit board, so to do anything with it, you’ll need to add an operating system on an SD card and connect it up to a screen, mouse, and keyboard. To get started, you need to learn a few basics of Linux, or at least get acquainted with LXDE, the graphical desktop. You might be a geek who relishes learning new technologies, or you might be someone who wants a new family computer to use with the children. In either case, Raspberry Pi For Dummies helps you to get started with your Raspberry Pi and teaches you about some of the many fun and inspiring things you can do with it.