Join Mark Niemann-Ross for an in-depth discussion in this video Buying a Raspberry Pi, part of Learning Raspberry Pi.
- Be sure you know what model you're buying. The difference in versions isn't dramatic, but you'll want to get the right cables. There is a narrow range of suppliers for the Raspberry Pi and you'll find many of them are woefully backlogged on orders of the most current model. It's not their fault; the Raspberry Pi foundation is doing its best to supply the overwhelming demand. You'll find a list of suppliers at the raspberrypi.org webpage.
If you simply click on the Shop button in the upper right-hand corner, you'll be taken to a list of products and then down below is a list of distributors. Element14 is one of the four official suppliers shown on the Raspberry Pi website. Element14 ships to many different countries, so be sure you're looking at the appropriate website for the country that you live in. RS, another supplier for Raspberry Pi, located here, supplies the Raspberry Pi to the United Kingdom.
If you're located anywhere else, RS is not where you want to purchase your Raspberry Pi. Allied Electronics is another robust supplier of Raspberry Pi. Unfortunately like all other official suppliers, they are suffering from order backlogs on the most current models. You can find their Raspberry Pi products most easily by just searching "Raspberry Pi." Hit return. You'll receive a list of all the Raspberry Pi products they have available.
Adafruit sells the Raspberry Pi as well and a wide range of accessories. They're very active in publishing projects that you can work on and helpful tutorials. Be sure to check out your local scene as well. Enthusiasts will be able to tell you which local stores have Raspberry Pi available and often have classes and workshops to help you get started. Amazon.com usually has boards in stock, but you'll probably pay an additional $5 or $10 for the convenience of not having to wait.
Egoman, one of the distributors listed on the Raspberry Pi site, seems to have gone out of business. At one point, they made sales into China; probably not the best option if you're located in the United States or UK. Again, be sure to know what model you're buying. Different versions aren't dramatic, but you'll want to get the right cables and ports.
Join Mark Niemann-Ross, content manager for the developer segment at lynda.com, as he shows you how to buy, set up, and configure your first Raspberry Pi. He'll show you how to accessorize your Pi, boot it up, make it play sounds, and program simple tasks. You'll also explore basic electronics (resistors, transistors, and more) with the Raspberry Pi's GPIO pins. The final chapter explores a practical sample project—setting up a media center—which provides a small taste of what you can DIY with the Raspberry Pi.
- Buying a Raspberry Pi
- Getting the right equipment
- Using NOOBs to start up the Raspberry Pi
- Choosing an operating system
- Setting up VNC
- Playing sounds with the sound I/O
- Using GPIO
- Programming the Pi
- Sample project: using the Raspberry Pi as a media center
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 05/05/2016. What changed?
A: We added Raspberry Pi Zero to the discussion of Raspberry Pi models in "Understanding the Raspverry Pi family."