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Without going into too much depth, Raspian is essentially a port of the Debian Linux distribution to the Ras Pi. The full and lite versions are basically the same with varying amounts of pre installed utilities, programs, etc. Linux if you are not aware is a port of Unix, and the different distributions package various GNU tools and utilities. If you are looking for a general purpose operating system, start with the rasbian distro.
LibreELEC I believe is a type of media center application, allowing you to manage and stream content from your own stores, as well as others on the web.
I'm not really familiar with the other stuff on the card. The windows 10 IOT core is a minimal os that will allow you to code in visual studio on a another computer and push low level programs to you write to the ras pi.
Honestly, start with rasbian, get familar with Linux, you should be able to accomplish the RFID scanner and you'll learn a lot in the process.
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In addition, there is this link:
or, if you google for any of these individually, you should be able to find plenty of info on each of them: Raspbian, LibreELEC, Raspbian Full, Raspbian Lite, Lakka_RPi2, Data Partition, OSMC_Pi2, Screenly OSE, RISC_OS, Windows 10 IoT Core and TLXOS.
It's kind of you to take the time to respond so helpfully.
Happy New Year
No problem at all, that's what we are here for.
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You may find this eBook useful to get you started:
THE OFFICIAL Raspberry Pi Beginner’s Guide
How to use your new computer
My son kindly bought me an RPi 3 B+, together with an element14 power supply and the element14 16GB NOOBS card. So, following the instructions on leaflet included with the RPi, I booted the thing up with the element14 card in the card reader. Now I'm being given the option to install stuff. Options include: Raspbian, LibreELEC, Raspbian Full, Raspbian Lite, Lakka_RPi2, Data Partition, OSMC_Pi2, Screenly OSE, RISC_OS, Windows 10 IoT Core and TLXOS.
I can find no documentation as to which of these is required and which is not. I suspect that the answer will depend on what I'm wanting to do with the RPi, but unless I know what the various packages do, I can't make that decision and if element14 put them onto, and sell, the microSD card, surely they document the product. I'm happy to do my own reading around a topic, but at this stage, I don't even know what to research. Do element14 offer better documentation for a complete novice to set up a Raspberry Pi than just a video of unboxing it? Its not even clear if this install will delete NOOBS on the card thus disallowing me to take a second bite...
My primary intention is to create an RFID scanner but I don't want to close any doors. I have set up an Arduino to scan cine film using a vintage projector reworked to house an LED backlight, and a Canon camera with the CHDK, which involved hardware and software skills. But my start point was Arduino documentation clearly aimed at a complete beginner and it was then a prefect springboard. But this RPi isn't filling me with joy right now....
So, my question is, could anybody point me to the element14 16GB card installation documentation or any good primer for setting up an RPi, please?