If there is one thing clear about the Raspberry Pi, that small computer that fits in your hand, is that it can be customized in many different ways to use it however you want: from a home arcade machine to as a first computer for children.
However, the fact that this device is not a “normal” computer, and you have to install the operating system yourself may I put you back when launching yourself to do a project with her. But trust us when we tell you to set up a Raspberry Pi, with the help of suitable software, it’s a piece of cake. You just have to follow these steps.
How to start a Raspberry Pi without dying in the attempt, even if you do not have much idea of technology? The answer is NOOBS, which is the acronym for New Out Of the Box Software. It is an operating system installation wizard for Raspberry Pi with which to configure one of these small computers is available to anyone, for very little experience that you have. In fact, his name is a pun on “noob“, which in English defines someone with little experience in a certain field (especially the Internet).
Step 1: download NOOBS and copy it to a memory card
NOOBS has two versions: the standard, which already includes the Raspbian operating system (plus a selection of other Raspberry Pi operating systems and content managers downloaded from the Internet) and the lite, which does not come with Raspbian pre-installed and will simply download the operating system of your choice from the Internet.
Which to choose? It depends on the operating system you want to install. If you are not going to use Raspbian, it is recommended to download the Lite version, which is smaller and it will take less.
In any case, once you have the ZIP file downloaded to your computer, unzip it and copy its content (folders and files, as is) on the memory card that you are going to use with the Raspberry Pi, and that you will have previously formatted. When you are done, the card will be ready to use with the Raspberry,
Step 2: configure the connection and choose your operating system
Now comes the time to connect the Raspberry Pi to the current, to a monitor or television, and to a keyboard and mouse to be able to move through the menus and options of NOOBS with ease. Turn it on and you will see that NOOBS runs automatically, to finish showing a window where you can choose the operating system you want to install. You will also see a lower menu where you can change the language and keyboard settings.
Each operating system includes a short description, but the ideal is that you inform yourself beforehand about what each one of them does and what it is for, and when you get to this step you already know which one of them you want to install.
The first step, therefore, will be to configure the Internet connection to be able to download it. To do this, go to the “Wifi network” menu, choose your connection and enter the password. You can also connect a network cable to the Raspberry, if you have the router nearby.
Then, you just have to choose the operating system you want, and click “Install”. NOOBS will show you a warning but if everything is correct, just keep going. The chosen operating system will be downloaded, and the installation will begin. Meanwhile, you just have to arm yourself with a little patience, since the whole process is totally automatic.
Step 3: polish the final details and enjoy your Raspberry
At the end of the installation, the Raspberry may reboot. If it does not, it is recommended that you do it yourself so that everything is perfectly functional (for example, that the system detects if you have any server or network shared folders from which you later want to obtain documents).
You can also finish polishing final configuration details: language, desktop customization, add-ons you want to install, image adjustment on the monitor or television … depending on the operating system you have chosen, the list may vary.
From then on, the Raspberry Pi will be ready for anything you want. You can experiment with Linux, teach a child the basics of programming or use it as a multimedia player for TV. The possibilities are almost endless!
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