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Raspberry Pi First Look

The Raspberry Pi our department ordered came in the post a while. This post was written after using it for several days after it arrived. Firstly the device comes in very little packaging which is good, what packaging there is, is very concise. No instructions are included but you are pointed to raspberrypi.org/downloads in order to get started, which is as good a place as any to start.

Raspberry Pi Unpacked.

Raspberry Pi Unpacked.

I was very impressed with the size of the device and very happy with the layout. Each connector is accessible and it is clear what each sockets intention is.

Raspberry Pi Bare Board, with connections showing.

You get good tactile feedback when inserting a cable into each socket and because of their well spaced out nature all peripherals fit together comfortably as you can see in the image below.

Raspberry Pi BareBoard plugged in.

Raspberry Pi BareBoard plugged in.

If you need to get back into the initial configuration screen you used when you first booted from the image open a terminal and type in:

sudo raspi-config

I decided to go with Raspbian “wheezy” for this Pi which is the recommended image to start off with. You can find much more detailed beginners instructions for setting up your Raspberry Pi on the ELinux Raspberry Pi wiki Below is a shot of my Pi loading up Raspbian:

Picture of Raspberry Pi loading up Raspian.

Raspberry Pi loading up Raspian.

It came to my attention several days ago that the Raspberry Pi foundation have upped the RAM on the Pi from 256MB to 512MB. This should improve many things about the device, not least it’s responsiveness. This upgrade alone makes it more viable to me for a number of applications. Details of the upgrade are here. I think I will be getting one for myself and using it with a powered USB hub as a NAS of sorts.

Jason Edwards