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Why is Raspberry Pi the best linux board?

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All projects seem to use Raspberry Pi instead of other embedded Linux boards. Why is this so? What makes Raspberry Pi the best (if it indeed is)?
asked July, 15, 2021
Marcus Schappi

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The Raspberry Pi is popular for aspiring young children at home and in the classroom, to budding engineers, makers, and sometimes they're even found in commercial projects. Generally some reasons to use a Raspberry Pi:

  • Low cost
  • Various models available including Pi Zero, Zero W, 1, 2, 3A, 3B and 4B
  • The Pi 4 runs on a 1.5GHz 64-bit quad-core Arm Cortex-A72 CPU, has three RAM options (2GB, 4GB, 8GB)
  • Compact
  • Many interfaces (HDMI, multiple USB, Ethernet, onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, many GPIOs, USB powered, etc.)
  • Supports Linux, Python (making it easy to build applications)
  • Huge community support

    Those features are why the Raspberry Pi 4 is a popular option for STEM education, non-AI maker and 3D printing projects. Complete beginner to physical computing? It's an inexpensive entry point into learning the ins and outs of electronics and programming. There's also huge community support available. However, it does have its limitations.  No, it's not powerful enough to train neural networks to do anything useful; For that you're better off using a more powerful computer with a mid to high-end graphics processing unit (GPU). But it can still do a surprising amount of stuff including robotics, home automation and IoT, retro gaming, and many more projects!

answered August, 05, 2021

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