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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