Join Mark Niemann-Ross for an in-depth discussion in this video Obtaining "New Out Of the Box Software", part of Learning Raspberry Pi.
- NOOBS is a clever acronym for New Out Of the Box Software. It's a software installer built and maintained by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and provides an incredibly convenient way to put an operating system on your Raspberry Pi. You'll need an operating system for your Raspberry Pi, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation has very kindly provided something called NOOBS. You can download it from the raspberrypi.org website. Simply go to the Downloads page and you'll be presented with the NOOBS page.
Now you have two options at this point: one of them, which is to buy a prebuilt NOOBS card, and the second one is to build your own. Prebuilt cards go for $10. You can buy them from the Raspberry Pi site if they have them in stock. These are currently sold out, so if this is the case, your only option is to go ahead and build your own. That's not a big deal. Building your own NOOBS card is a simple process and it only costs you the price of an SD card.
It does require an SD card reader on your computer and this may be problematic, you may not be able to read microSD cards, and again, a microSD card is required for Raspberry Pi Model A+, B+, or Raspberry Pi Model 2. You can buy small adapters, or your computer may already have a microSD card reader. Again, if you don't have any of those options, you'll have to go back and purchase a prebuilt NOOBS card.
The process isn't hard, it's just simply a drag, copy and I'll show you how that works in a minute. Keep in mind that you won't be able to share this SD card with another device. Installing NOOBS on this card will remove any other photographs that you have on that SD card. NOOBS comes with six operating systems. If that's not enough, or you want something different than what they have to offer, you can go to elinux.org/RPi_Distributions, where they keep a complete list of all of the available distributions and operating systems that you may wanna play with.
Some of these are pretty advanced, some of them may not work, some of them require quite a bit of advanced instruction. Installing an advanced operating system is beyond the scope of this Up and Running course, but it's certainly interesting to see what's available to you. In summary, with a new Raspberry Pi, the easiest way to get up and running is to use the installers provided with NOOBS. In the next video, we'll look at how to build an SD card with the NOOBS installers. With a new Raspberry Pi, the easiest way to get up and running is to use the installers provided with NOOBS.
In the next video, we'll look at how to build an SD card with NOOBS.
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."