Raspberry Pi – A credit card-size PC

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I couldn’t help myself: the first post had to be about the wonderful Raspberry Pi (RPi). I own a “Model B” of these minimalist computers for over a year and now it has become the main pillar of our home IT equipment.

RPi size compared to a typical wallet card

RPi size compared to a typical wallet card

RPi with external case

RPi with external case

Let me tell you first a few facts about it:

  • It features a 700 MHz ARM-based CPU, 512 MB of memory, and plenty of I/O for communicating with it. Since it has a hardware-based h.264/MPEG-4 AVC decoder, it can even play 1080p Full HD video without problems.
  • You can install a wide range of Linux flavors, or appliance-like software for more specific tasks such as media centers.
  • It consumes about 3-3.5 Watt, which means about 5 EUR per year depending on your electricity bill rates.
  • It costs less than 35 EUR. Do you know any other computer for that price? The add-ons can easily double this price (SD card, a nice case, a handy USB hub, etc), but it’s still a bargain.

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