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Raspberry Pi For Dummies by Mike Cook, Sean McManus

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Getting Your Hands on a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi was created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a charity registered in the UK. The charity’s six trustees funded the manufacture of the first large batch themselves, but it sold out rapidly so it quickly became clear that they needed something that would scale better.

The Foundation now licenses the design of the Raspberry Pi to RS Components (www.rs-components.com ) and Premier Farnell, which uses the brand name Element 14 (www.element14.com/community/groups/raspberry-pi ). Both companies fund and manage the manufacture of the Raspberry Pi, market and sell it, and look after their customers. They accept orders through their websites and are able to offer a number of the accessories you might also need.

It’s possible that more companies will license the design of the Pi in the future, so check the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s website at www.raspberrypi.org for current links to stores that sell the Pi.

Second-hand Raspberry Pis can be bought on eBay (www.ebay.com ), but we would recommend getting a new one so you benefit from the customer support available, and have the peace of mind that it hasn’t been damaged by the previous owner.

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