Okay, so you have “registered an interest” or pre-ordered or even (lucky few) ordered an RPi. It’s time to get together the stuff you’ll need.
1. A screen. The most obvious choice is a TV with an HDMI input.
2. A usb mouse. If you don’t have a spare around, why not treat yourself to a new one – you’re worth it!
3. A usb keyboard. Again, you may have a spare. I’ve ordered a small one, for portability.
4. An ethernet cable. For the web!
5. An operating system. I’m still not quite sure if the Pi is going to ship with one at this early stage. There are lots of places where you can find instructions for setting up your SD card. So far Debian and Arch are available to download via the RPi site. Which brings me to:
6. An SD card. The OS images are about 2Gb. Some people have found that they don’t fit on a 2GB card. I’d get at least a 4Gb card (and it’s worth getting a high speed one – this may cost almost as much as the RPi itself).
7. A power supply. You know the thing you plug your iPod / Kindle into and then plug into the mains – that’s it. You can buy these quite cheaply if you don’t have one.
8. A cable – standard USB to micro USB (to plug into the Pi).
9. An HDMI cable. The cheap ones work just as well as the expensive ones!
10. If you can’t use ethernet, you might need a wireless dongle in order to get online. This probably means you’ll need a USB hub (there are only two USB ports on the Pi). It’s a good idea to buy a powered one, as the Pi itself won’t be able to power many USB devices.
11. Lego. To make a case for your pi 🙂
I think that’s it. So are you ready?
In the mean time, you can pretend you have an RPI by downloading and using RacyPy2!
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