Inspiring a new generation of tinkerers and programmers is what the Raspberry Pi, a tiny DIY computer that fits in the palm of your hand, is all about. A simple Google search brings up thousands of cool Pi projects and hacks; people love the little $35 computer. To date, more than 5 million units have been sold since the Pi debuted three years ago.
Earlier this year, the Raspberry Pi Foundation released the Pi 2 with a 900MHz quad-core processor, which is six times more powerful than the original Pi. The Pi 2’s also got double the RAM (1GB) and four USB 2.0 ports, two more than before (though none are USB 3.0).
At the most basic level, the Pi 2 is a functional PC. Load an operating system onto a memory card, connect it to a TV or computer monitor with an HDMI cable, plug in a wired USB keyboard and mouse, attach an Ethernet cable, add a Micro USB cable to a power source, and you’ll be surfing the Internet in no time.
As a computer, the Pi 2 is about as powerful as a netbook. (Remember those?) It’s underpowered and you can’t really juggle more than a few tabs in a web browser — but it all works, as long as you’re willing to wait a few seconds longer for things to load. Read more…