Just bought a Raspberry Pi last month as my new gadget 🙂 What is a Raspberry Pi? It sounds like kind or a delicious dessert but it is not! Here a short description about Raspberry Pi from its official website:
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
Bought this little thing from RS Online together with the casing last month and it took about two week to deliver to my house (from US). It cost me for USD 49.49.
The Raspberry Pi I bought is a type B or model B. Below are the specification of the model I have:
- Broadcom BCM2835 700MHz ARM1176JZFS processor with FPU and Videocore 4 GPU
- GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
- GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA infrastructure
- 512MB RAM
- Boots from SD card, running the Fedora version of Linux
- 10/100 BaseT Ethernet socket
- HDMI socket
- USB 2.0 socket
- RCA video socket
- SD card socket
- Powered from microUSB socket
- 3.5mm audio out jack
- Header footprint for camera connection
- Size: 85.6 x 53.98 x 17mm
Before you can use this mini computer, you will need to these thing ready first:
- A micro USB power supply
- A SD card loaded with a suitable OS
- A ethernet cable to connect to LAN
- A keyboard and mouse (optional)
- A HDMI cable to connect display output to your monitor or television
I’m still having experiments with this little things. I’m planning to use this a my home theater PC (HTPC) and direct connect to my television. I can use the USB power from the television to boot up the Raspberry Pi without any problem. So once I power on my TV, my Raspberry Pi will be on too.
I have installed Openelec on my SD card as the test ground. The OS boot and run pretty fast. Openelec is an embedded Linux with XBMC and has a very minimal foo print which it only takes 100MB+ disk space. I do not need to attach a keyboard or mouse because I can use my TV’s remote control to navigate the menu and button in XBMC (how nice!). But I’m still encounter some problems – the XBMC’s AirPlay is not functioning well. Some time it can some time it can not be discovered by my iDevices.