Resources for the Raspberry Pi Beginner

The following is a list of useful sites if you’re just starting out with your Pi:

The main Raspberry Pi Website – www.raspberrypi.org
Great for breaking news about the Pi project. Definitely one to keep an eye on! Also don’t forget to check out the Downloads section of the site for the latest OS releases and more.

The Official Raspberry Pi Forums – www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3
Part of what makes the Pi project so great is the community of users for the little devices. The official forum is a great place to engage with this community. Just sign up for an account (and be sure to follow forum etiquette by searching first to see if your question has already been answered and being nice to people on the site)

The Raspberry Pi Wiki – elinux.org/RaspberryPiBoard
The definitive guide to doing … well everything with your Pi. The sheer quantity of information in the Wiki can be daunting at first. Newbies should check out the Basic Setup and the Beginner’s Guide to get you up to speed. Some of the pages can be a little technical but it’s easily the most comprehensive resource for the Pi at the moment.

The Official Educational Manual – www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2965
An open source book that has been put together by a team of UK teachers from Computing at School (CAS), the Educational Manual is a great reference to have on your computer, eBook reader or just printed out. It’s still a work in progress but the current edition covers basic Pi setup & Linux usage, Scratch programming, Python programming and much more!
(Click here to directly download / view the PDF)

Raspberry Pi on Stack Exchange – raspberrypi.stackexchange.com
The web’s ultimate Q&A system has a section specifically for the Raspberry Pi! Again just sign up for an account, review the FAQ and ask away. Be aware that the Stack Exchange sites have quite specific requirements when it comes to questions so be sure to search first and review the site rules before posting.

Adafruit Learning Center – learn.adafruit.com/category/raspberry-pi
For those who are more hardware oriented, the Adafruit site offers a wealth of tutorials covering everything from hacking in a Kinect Sensor bar to basic network and GPIO setup.

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