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9.1: History of Pi

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    The Raspberry Pi is a single board computer that was first released in 2012. The Raspberry Pi Foundation (https://www.raspberrypi.org/) was founded in 2009 and is a UK based Educational non-profit devoted to the development and promotion of Raspberry Pi single board computers, with an initial focus on their use to teach computing in schools and "the democratization of technology". In 2021 rasberrypi.com was released, which is run by Raspberry Pi Ltd, a subsidiary of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and responsible for the design, manufacture and distribution of Raspberry Pi hardware. The Raspberry Pi uses an Open Source ecosystem based on the Linux operating system but the hardware is not open source hardware (OSH), although documentation  and the schematics of the hardware is readily available.

    Pi Versions

    • Pi 1 Model B (2012)
    • Pi 1 Model A(2013)
    • Pi 1 Model B+ (2014
    • Pi 1 Model A+ (2014)
    • Pi 2 Model B (2015)
    • Pi 2 Zero (2015)
    • Pi 3 Model B (2016)
    • Pi Zero W (2017)
    • Pi 3 Model B+ (2018)
    • Pi 3 Model A+ (2019)
    • Pi 4 Model B (2019)
    • Pi 400 (2021)

    We will only use Raspberry Pis in this course, but due to the chip shortage they are typically out of stock and you may be interested in other Single Board Computers that have similar form factors (features).  Pallav Aggarwal gives a good 2022 review of Pi alternatives.

     

     


    This page titled 9.1: History of Pi is shared under a not declared license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Robert Belford.

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