What’s the best way to buy a Raspberry Pi?

william torrence March 1, 2013
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Was thinking about purchasing a RaspberryPi just to learn about programming. I am just an old, disabled dude but still have the desire to learn things I don’t know. I used to build and program some of the first robots made in the US. I picked up linear programming and wrote many a program for simple 2 and 3 axis pick and place robots to 5 and 6 axis water jets cutting complex 3D parts. There are so many suppliers and option packages offered for the Raspberry Pi, I was just trying to figure out the best package to start with and the best supplier. I know I need the b board, a box, preloaded card, keyboard, book, and cables. Wondering about the Gertboard and Pi face to go along, and whatever else I need to get stated?

  1. Tze Yu Ch'ng
    March 3, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I bought my off here: http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi
    You can purchase the power supply and SD cards there too.

  2. muotechguy
    March 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I would ask yourself what kind of programming you want to get into William. If it's purely code you want to learn, perhaps consider web programming instead - PHP and MySQL would give you a good grounding to make a decent web app. If you're interested more in programming hardware to do cool stuff - I'd personally suggest the Arduino over the Pi, simply because it's easier to get starting and experiment. The strength of the Pi is that it's a mini PC that runs linux, but unless you strongly want to learn linux or know a particular feature of the Pi that you want, it's a little bit overkill for learning the basics. I've had tremendous fun learning basic microcontroller programming and electronics with my Arduino's, and you can read the tutorials here at MUO too: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/arduino

  3. Anonymous
    March 1, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I got the Pi and Case from Element 14 (http://downloads.element14.com/raspberryPi3.html?isRedirect=true), great company to deal with. The SD card can be made following the guides on http://elinux.org/RPi_Easy_SD_Card_Setup and keyboard and mouse is any old USB types you have lying around. I use a HDMI to DVI cable for video output and that enough to get you up and running. Hope that helps!