Learn how to get started with the Raspberry Pi 3 including what peripherals you need, putting the Pi in its case, using a NOOBS SD card to install the Raspbian Debian Linux OS, and getting online. Kelly Hensen of the element14 community guides you through the steps needed to get started.
The Raspberry Pi 3 is the latest version of the credit card sized computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Raspberry Pi was released by Premier Farnell, the company behind element14, in 2012. The Raspberry Pi 3 is about 50% faster than its predecessor, the Pi 2. It includes built in WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity, making it truly an IoT-ready device.
The Raspberry Pi 3 features a 1.2 GHz QUAD Core 64-bit Arm Cortex A53 processor, chip antenna, 4 USB ports, an ethernet port, a GPIO, HDMI, 3.5mm audio output, WiFi chip, 1GB LPDDR2 for RAM memory, and a microSD slot. The microSD card contains the Pi 3's operating system and it can also be used for file storage.
Installation takes about 25 minutes. During the install, you'll see various informational messages about programming languages, applications and the Raspbian O/S in the installation window. If you are a beginner, these messages are very useful. The Pi 3 is loaded with all kinds of helpful tools, applications and games! After the install is complete you'll see a message that says the "OS(es) Installed Successfully." After the system reboots there will be a menu bar at the top where you can access all the programming languages, tools, file manager, office applications, accessories, and more.
Next, you'll need to configure the Pi 3. You no longer need to type in the command sudo raspi-config to the Raspberry Pi configuration tool. Just go to Preferences in the drop down menu to change your password and set your localization options. Getting online is incredibly easy using the built-in WiFi. Click on the network icon on the top right of the menu bar and enter in the password of your WiFi network to connect.
|Next Generation QUAD Core Broadcom BCM2837 64bit processor|
|Official enclosure from the Raspberry Pi foundation|
|Pre-formatted 16 GB microSD card pre-loaded with NOOBS software|
|Power adapter for the Raspberry Pi 3 that can handle 2.5 amps|