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Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Sean McManus

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Chapter 1

Introducing the Raspberry Pi

In This Chapter

arrow Getting familiar with the Raspberry Pi

arrow Figuring out what you can do with a Raspberry Pi

arrow Determining its limitations

arrow Getting your hands on a Raspberry Pi

arrow Deciding what else you need

The Raspberry Pi is perhaps the most inspiring computer available today. Although most of the computing devices we use (including phones, tablets, and games consoles) are designed to stop us from tinkering with them, the Raspberry Pi is exactly the opposite. From the moment you see its shiny green circuit board, it invites you to prod it, play with it, and create with it. It comes with the tools you need to start making your own software (or programming), and you can connect your own electronic inventions to it. It’s cheap enough that if you break it, it’s not going to break the bank, so you can experiment with confidence.

Lots of people are fired up about its potential, and they’re discovering exciting new ways to use it together. Dave Akerman (

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