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Getting Started with Raspberry Pi

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Raspberry Pi is essentially a tiny, inexpensive computer (about US$35). Because it is tiny, it can be used in all kind of things that a typical computer does not work well with, such as robotics and embedded systems. Since it is also inexpensive, it functions as a great learning tool, making it possible for anyone to have their own computer. Additionally, because a Raspberry Pi is a fully functional computer, with input/output, storage and wifi capabilities, it can also be used to interface and control other things. This makes the Raspberry Pi a favorite amongst tinkerers, Makers, electronics hobbyists and anyone else with a cool idea for a project.

What makes the Raspberry Pi somewhat unique is that it uses an ARM processor (similar to what you see on cell phones and tablets), rather than an Intel CPU that is in most things typically categorized as "computers".

Still, a Raspberry Pi is a full computer. You can connect a keyboard, mouse and display to it. You can plug in storage and install an operating system on it (typically Linux). Now it is not a powerful computer, to be sure, but it is still powerful enough for many tasks.

Xojo can create desktop, web and console apps that run on Raspberry Pi 2 or Raspberry Pi 3 (and most other devices that support 32-bit Linux ARMv7 or later). To test if your device will work with Xojo apps, download the ARMTest console app.

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The original Raspberry Pi and the Raspberry Pi Zero are not compatible with Xojo apps because they both use the older ARMv6.

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