Raspberry Pi 10th Anniversary
Raspberry Pi celebrates its tenth anniversary with total success
On February 29, 2012, the British Foundation after the raspberry pi began accepting orders for this revolutionary microcomputer inspired by Apple's Mac Mini.
A few hours later, while the device was celebrating the publication in a pub with some good beers, information reached him from his hardware partners, Farnell and RS Components: the initial offer had been devastated with a hundred thousand orders and they had no inventory to cover them.
An overwhelming success for the breakthrough that in these ten years became the best-selling single board mini-PC or SBC category.
While the initial goal of the British nonprofit foundation of the same name was to encourage the teaching of computer science in academia, its low cost and colossal elasticity of employment made it formidably commonplace in a number of other segments.
The original Raspberry Pi, now showing its capacity.
It used a 700 MHz ARM11 central processing unit SoC coupled with 512 MB of RAM, which has been said to have actual performance similar to a 300 MHz Pentium II with graphics abilities close to the original Xbox.
Although it was not open hardware and the Foundation signed distribution contracts with specific companies, the truth is that someone can become a reseller or redistributor of these boards.
The Foundation maintains control of the technology used, but its use is free at the user level.
The program that supports it is open source.
The official system of the interface is the Raspberry Pi OS supported by Debian (with a recent 64-bit version), beyond the support of other Linux such as Arch Linux ARM or Pidora, the embedded trend system RISC OS 5 and even a Windows ten IoT Core.
For programmers and practitioners, Python is uniquely encouraged and others such as Tiny BASIC, C, Perl, and Ruby are tolerated.
The result of the undertaking was incredible..
The first year a million entities were sold and since then it has not stopped growing.
In 2015 it had sold five million and in 2017 fifteen million.
In its first ten years, 45 million entities have been delivered.
It's the best-selling British PC in history, and few models can boast of having reached such numbers.
Raspberry Pi 10th Anniversary – Raspberry Pi Editions
Since the original "Raspberry Pi 1 model A" there have been dozens of new updates that have progressed the performance of the main SoC, memory capacity or connectivity.
The much more advanced model is the Pi 4 with 8 Gbytes of LPDDR4 RAM, Broadcom BCM2711 SoC with 4 Cortex A72 cores, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, microSD and an acceptable compilation of ports introducing USB Type C and A, and video output for power up to 2 4K monitors.
Aside from optimizing the general series, the Foundation has produced other prepared editions such as the Pi Zero or the Pico Mini with lower consumption and a price even much cheaper than the 35 US dollars that was held as a reference.
Another official version of interest was the Pi 400, a finished PC built in a solid keyboard-like look that was quite pleasing as it simplified setup to start enjoying this advancement without assembly adversity. In these ten years there has been no lack of official accessories from others such as chassis, screens, cooling systems and others.
Raspberry Pi 10th Anniversary – What can be done with a Raspberry Pi?
This expansion of the ecosystem has served to increase its employment capacity and in truth today it can be used for a lot of projects.
For programming, as a multimedia center, as a base to make basic PCs, as an anonymous router for TOR, for gaming machines, as a tablet, for robotics, to make surveillance cameras, as a universal translator, as arcades in a minimum size, and a very long etcetera, in which a multitude of interested parties of this advance work.
You can start with just the plate and also add what you need or get different kits that have everything you need inside.
Exactly the same board, chassis, box, power supply, microSD now loaded with Raspberry OS and much more to make it simpler for inexperienced customers to start from scratch.
The present situation of the chip industry has raised costs slightly, but they continue to be contained for the potential they give.
As regards the program, are free to download and use the essential images to boot the official Raspberry Pi OS that enthusiasts knew as Raspbian.
The Raspberry Pi Imager app is also provided, which enables the creation of the system on machines with the Windows, macOS and Linux operating system, on the microSD that you use with the Raspberry.
Despite the possibility of employing other choices in single board PCs, this advancement is still highly recommended for anyone who wants to entertain and study.
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of publication, lhe Foundation has partnered with the National Computing Museum to lend a temporary exhibit chronicling the Raspberry Pi.
The exhibit will open next weekend and the liturgy will will broadcast live online on March 5.