Meet the Raspberry Pi, the world's cheapest (and least attractive) PC

The Raspberry Pi isn't trying to win any beauty competitions but it is likely the cheapest computer you'll ever find.

Designed to be a low-cost computer that can be used by educators to teach children about computer programming, the Raspberry Pi is roughly the size of a USB stick and costs all of $25. Anyone who wants to use the Raspberry Pi needs to plug it into a connector dock via a USB connection that will hook it up to a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse. The computer runs on open-source operating system Ubuntu and utilizes other open-source software such as the Iceweasel Web browser and the KOffice productivity suite.

From a hardware perspective, the computer has a 700MHz ARM11 processor and has 128MB of SDRAM. While these specs aren't exactly top-notch, they are certainly enough to serve the computer's core function as a computer programming education tool.

The computer was developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a nonprofit group based in the UK whose goal is to "develop, manufacture and distribute an ultra-low-cost computer for use in teaching computer programming to children."

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