I try to stay up-to-date with technology… While procrastinating getting up-to-date, came across Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi (model B) is a $35 single board computer. I’ll let the picture do the talking.

Raspberry Pi Isometric View

Raspberry Pi

When I read that the Broadcom chip (BCM2835) has an ARM core (ARM1176JZF-S), I thought, “Sweet, I can run Linux on this”. At that point, I knew I had to have one… but no idea what I’d use it for. Since the organization was in the UK, I knew I would have to wait and wait I did. When I received my Raspberry Pi from MCM electronics, I researched putting my distribution of choice: Fedora. Consequently, the Fedora distribution is pure; that is, only open-source content is distributed by Fedora, which means the closed-source libraries that utilize the hardware—such as, the video core acceleration—are not distributed with Fedora. Therefore, the OS is officially referred to as Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix, which was at one time, the Raspberry Pi distribution choice because some students at Seneca College modified and compiled the Fedora ARM so it would utilize the hardware benefits such as the floating-point unit.


Well, there it is, Raspberry Pi booting on my TV. More to come…