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Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 3rd Edition by Mike Cook, Sean McManus

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Chapter 2

Downloading the Operating System

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Introducing Linux

check Downloading NOOBS

check Preparing the MicroSD or SD card

check Copying NOOBS to the MicroSD or SD card

check Flashing your MicroSD or SD card

Before you can do anything with your Raspberry Pi, you need to provide it with an operating system (OS). 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 iPads or iPhones it’s iOS, and on other devices it might be Android.

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 ...

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