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Beatiful piece of hardware (Made in UK),
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Raspberry Pi Model B (512MB RAM, UK Model) (Personal Computers)
Before ordering the RPi I saw some bad reviews that I would like to clarify.
First, if you are not familiar at all with GNU/Linux then I'm not sure this is the toy for you. Even though is easy to use and configure, you might need a basic knowledge on Linux commands in case something goes wrong. If you don't have it, then at least you should be handy with computer issues fixing and don't get frustrated if the first try doesn't work. The support from the several RPi forums is normally good as well and can be helpful when it comes to troubleshooting in case you need it. If you don't qualify with any of the two options I gave you, then my best advice is that you stay away from the RPi, I know a 30 quid computer sounds tempting but if you don't know how to make it work then is useless.
Second, I saw some of the complains being related to boards Made in China and not in the UK. I got mine from The Pi Hut (fullfilled by Amazon) and it was the Made in the UK one.
On the last point, the ad is pretty clear that this is just the board and you need a power source and a SD card to make it work. So if you don't have those items, get them for just a couple of more pounds.
Besides those things I wanted to clarify, the Pi is just fantastic and I'm really surprised by the things is capable of. I currently have it working as a media center running OpenElec and I'm already thinking of buying a second one to be able to play more with it and all its capabillities.
In case you need some advices regarding extra add ons for it and you are not sure if they work, this is what I currently have and they are all available from Amazon:
- OpenElec 3 (Linux distro with XBMC already loaded)
- Fujifilm 4Gb Class 4 SD card (You can use plenty other ones but you should check the list of working ones from RPi wiki)
- UK Micro USB Power Supply Charger For Raspberry Pi - 5V 1500mA (Sold by The Pi Hut, fullfilled by Amazon)
- Edimax EW-7811UN usb wifi dongle (Works really well and out of the box with OpenElec)
- Yatse, the XBMC Remote (Really good and free app available from Google Play Store, not sure if it's also present for iOS)
- Seagate STBV2000200 2TB (Be aware that for external hard drives you need them to be self powered or use them with powered USB hubs, USB flash drives work just fine)
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Initial post: 9 Jul 2014 20:17:19 BDT
Simon K says:
"First, if you are not familiar at all with GNU/Linux then I'm not sure this is the toy for you." I would turn this right around, this is the IDEAL tool to learn Linux on. If you mess things up so bad it stops working, just re-format the SD card! Also SD cards are so cheap that you can have a few spare to practice stuff on. Backing up once you reach a point you are happy with is also a breeze. You MUST have a PC or laptop to browse the web with while sorting them out, but I am well and truly hooked. Simply BRILLIANT!
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