What is Raspberry Pi?

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Brief about Raspberry Pi

Before four years ago in February 2012, the first Raspberry Pi introduced by Eben Upton and his team. The UK based company, Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced this first Pi version which was having 256MB of RAM.



The Raspberry Pi is a tiny, credit-card sized computer which was designed to promote the basic science computer teaching in schools and other educational institutes. Till the date, the company has timely launched new and upgraded versions of Raspberry Pi. These versions include Model A, A+, B, B+, Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi Compute Model, Raspberry Pi Zero, and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. Till the date, the company has shipped over 10 million Raspberry Pi devices all over the world; this shows the popularity of this super tiny computer.

The reason behind the name ‘Raspberry Pi’

As the founder of Raspberry Pi, Eben Upton said, ‘The name came from different trustees. He hated the name first. And over the years, Eben had been calling the project as “ABC Micro.” The reason he gave the name ‘Raspberry’ was that there is a tradition for the computer companies to have a name on some fruit names like Apricot and Tangerine computers. And it is the thinking to consider Acorn as a fruit as well. The name ‘Pi’ came from the short name of the programming language, ‘Python’. The company chose ‘Python’ because at that time it was the only programming language can be used as a platform for ‘Raspberry Pi’. Though the company still recommends ‘Python’ as a favorite language, you can still use other languages to explore with your lovable Raspberry Pi device.

What can you do with your Raspberry Pi device?

As the Raspberry Pi is a general purpose computer, you can do whatever you want with it as you do with your regular computer. You can build games in Scratch, control hardware using Python, or can use your Raspberry Pi as a media center. You can find a number of resources online showing different usage and projects you can perform with the Raspberry Pi device.

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