A credit-card sized computer with good capabilities at $25 is an absolute blessing to developers, hobbyists and students alike. Raspberry Pi has proved to be a game changer. A dessert person or not, you cannot ignore the Pi.

Many small-sized computers have come and into the market in the past.

 

The impact of the Raspberry Pi however, was(has been) unmatched and unprecedented. The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs right into your television or your computer monitor, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It performs all operations that anyone would expect of such a device, ranging from streaming high quality videos to making spreadsheets and playing games.

It can not only do this, it can also interact with the outside world and can therefore be used for a wide range of hobbyist and embedded projects. A variety of gadgets from weather stations to smart mirrors are made out of them.

The makers of Raspberry Pi chose Linux as the operating system for a reason. Apart from keeping the cost down, the very purpose of making such a device, to encourage programming amongst students could be achieved only with Linux. Raspberry Pi supports multiple flavours of Linux and any one of them can be used based on the requirement and application.

If you’re after all-round functionality and versatility, I would strongly recommend Raspbian, the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s officially supported OS for the Raspberry Pi series.If  what you want is to put together your own media centre then Kodi would be the right option since it is designed for this particular purpose.

For a quick and easy Pi desktop, Raspbian is my go-to OS. However, all operating systems have their pros and cons; in the end, it all boils down to what you want to do with your Pi.

If you’re getting bored with the Linux interface, you can always try Android for Raspberry Pi or even Windows 10 IoT, a lightweight ARM port of the x86 desktop Windows 10 that many of us are familiar with.

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