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Why is Raspberry Pi so popular?

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Why is Raspberry Pi so popular?

Raspberry pi is a small personal computer the size of a credit card that would easily fit in your pocket. It was founded by Raspberry Pi Foundation, a UK based Electronics Company, in February 2012 aimed at educators for teaching basic computer science in schools.

Ever since its inception, it has been a big hit amongst the target market due to several reasons such as its economical price, and the ability to carry it anywhere. Just plug and play! Till date, it has shipped over 3.8 million educators worldwide. Here are some of the reasons why this tiny DIY gadget is so popular:

  1. Economical pricing – Can you imagine to get a new/used computer, whether be it a laptop or a desktop at a mere $35? That is the affordability which Raspberry pi offers. It is highly economical and designed for educators and instructors to make programming fun for the students.

  2. Fits your pocket – Apart from the Apple mini, there is no other computer that we can think of fitting your pocket. Raspberry Pi fits your pocket and is extremely convenient to be carried around anywhere.

  3. Free and open-source Linux OS built-in – While the Mac and Windows come at license charges higher than the price of Raspberry Pi, the open-source Linux operating system is free and extremely user-friendly to use. Most of the times it is Linux Ubuntu, but it can be any other operating system. The benefit of having an open-source OS is that kids and students can learn to program the OS and build new applications.

  4. Endless possibilities– There are a number of possibilities that can be built upon the Raspberry Pi foundation, such as the starter kits for laptops, HD screens and more. Many other indiegogo and Kickstarter campaigns have started springing up on board due to the number of possibilities that the small personal computer can provide. In the coming years, Raspberry Pi can set new standards of teaching for programming amongst educators.

Raspberry Pi may not be perfect in every way, but it has a lot of great potential in the coming years. Programming is an integral part of writing software applications, and most of the times, it is not fun to teach or learn. Raspberry Pi has done just that by making programming a fun subject to be learnt.



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