Getting Started With The Raspberry Pi Zero
The Raspberry Pi Zero is the latest single board computer released by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Zero is a change in direction for the foundation; it is a direct shot at making the cheapest single board computer possible. Being cheap does not mean this board is lacking power, but there are some differences to note between this board and the previous versions of the Pi. In this tutorial we will go over the differences between the Zero and the Raspberry Pi 2B as well as get one set up as a very cheap computer!
A Few Considerations:
Before we set up this brand new Raspberry Pi there are a few things to note:
• While the Zero is very low cost, it is not ready to use right out of the box. There are peripherals that are required.
• The single USB output port and lack of Ethernet jack do make connecting this version of the Pi to the internet a little more difficult.
• Unlike the previous version, the Pi Zero does not have hot-swappable USB capabilities; this means the Pi will reboot every time a USB device is plugged in!
How It Works:
The Pi Zero, like all previous versions of the Raspberry Pi, take advantage of many of the electronics found in modern smartphones and other portable electronics. The mass production of these parts combined with the sheer number of Pi being built (Along with many other factors) allow the Raspberry Pi Foundation to build a very low cost single board computer with astonishing performance. Rather than a standard phone operating system; the Pi runs various flavours of Linux. In this tutorial we will be working with Raspbian Jessie which is based off of Debian Linux.
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