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Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Sean McManus

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Chapter 2

Downloading the Operating System

In This Chapter

arrow Introducing Linux

arrow Downloading NOOBS

arrow Preparing your SD card

arrow Copying NOOBS to your SD card

Before you can do anything with your Raspberry Pi, you need to provide it with an operating system. The operating system software enables you to use the computer’s basic functions and looks after activities such as managing files and running applications, like word processors or web browsers. Those applications use the operating system as an intermediary to talk to the hardware and they won’t work without it. This concept isn’t unique to the Raspberry Pi. On your laptop, the operating system might be Microsoft Windows or Mac OS. On an iPad or iPhone, it’s iOS.

In this chapter, we introduce you to Linux, the operating system most frequently used on the Raspberry Pi, and we show you how to create an SD or MicroSD card with an operating system on it. You’ll need to use another computer to set up the SD or MicroSD card. It doesn’t matter whether you use a Windows, Mac OS, or Linux machine, but you need to have the ability to write to SD ...

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