Systems that are unknown to us often frighten us or literally overwhelm us with information, so that we don’t even bother learning about them. Such systems are for most people, Linux, although the situation has been getting better lately, with how many video games started to work on Linux, almost flawlessly.
Today, the system of choice that is mostly unknown unless you are a tinkerer is a Raspberry PI.
These systems are actually embedded solutions and here is more about the topic.
What is Raspberry PI?
Raspberry PI is a single board system on a chip solution, which was primarily built to be a teaching tool. It was supposed to be used to teach computer science and it actually is used, to this day. However, it grew to be very popular and users started purchasing them for their own projects, hobbies and to learn electronics.
Nowadays, Raspberry PI comes with Broadcom ARM processors, meaning that it can support various systems, or that it can be equipped with its own Raspberry PI OS, leading to the next point.
What is Raspberry PI OS?
Like most operating systems, the Raspberry PI OS had to start somewhere and like the biggest percent of Linux systems, it is a fork of Debian. For the sake of clarity, Ubuntu is also a fork of Debian, meaning a derivative of the system.
Raspberry PI OS uses the Openbox stacking window manager, or comes with the LXDE desktop environment. The out of the box version comes with VLC player and a smaller version of Chromium, which is the project Google Chrome and many other browsers are built on.
Note that the OS doesn’t have to be installed on the embedded chips.
Why Purchase Raspberry PI Solutions?
The PCBs they make are very small computers, capable of handling most basic tasks, not to mention specific tasks that you would want done, like opening a garage door remotely, or being used to control various processes. There are many Raspberry PI devices, each having more processing power and more RAM.
The devices can come with the default OS installed, or you could install anything from Linux distributions, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Windows 10 ARM64 and so on and so forth. If you feel more at home with some of the other systems, then you should definitely install one of them.
Who is It For?
The operating system is best used on a Raspberry PI device. The devices can be used in many situations, for education, for building your own projects, and even for smaller businesses, to do various tasks which don’t require a lot of processing power.
They are also great for DIY beginners who want to learn about a system. Learning was the primary goal the PI was created for, so that would probably be one of the best use cases for the device, whether learning on your own, or in a school.
The Raspberry PI OS is used on the eponymous devices, single-board computers which can be used for anything from learning computer science to performing simple tasks.