Every professional must have faced a dilemma at least once in their life where they are not recruited because they don’t have work experience. How can they get Work experience until they are recruited once? Thanks to simulations, folks who are in IT can at least work on a simulation of what they expect at work place. For those who intend to get into networking, there are simulations available which can simulate networks with real operating systems. For those who intend to get into Linux server administrations, Simulations are not exactly required as almost anyone can install Linux on a system or dual boot your laptop or desktop. There are still cases where you don’t want to install Linux on your working system or there is no system to install Linux on. Thank God for Raspberry Pi, a computer is in everyones reach now.
What is a Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a palm sized computer that plugs into your TV. It has 2 USB ports for keyboard and mouse input. The Model B version of the device includes 10/100 wired Ethernet and has 512Mb of RAM. Wi-Fi is available via a standard USB dongle. There is a composite out for analog TV and an HDMI out for digital TV. It can be powered by a basic USB charger. It has a Broadcom BCM2835 Chip containing an ARM1176JZFS, with floating point, running at 700Mhz, and a Videocore 4 GPU. It is like a 300MHz Pentium 2 with very good graphics. It can play Full HD videos without a hitch.
Raspberry Pi as a Linux Server
If there were any entry barrier for you to run a Linux Server, the Raspberry Pi will overcome it. It costs just $35 so that won’t be much of a problem, even for a student. Its hard disk is an SD card which you most probably should be having from a camera or a cell phone. It is powered by a USB charger which again you should be having. It can also be powered by a Power bank so you can take it along with you wherever you go. In order to view the display output, there is an option for viewing it on your HDTV using the HDMI out or AV out. If you already own a monitor then you can use a HDMI to VGA converter or HDMI to DVI Converter. You can connect a car monitor to it if you intend to take it on the move. The number of peripherals you can attach to it is enormous. A camera addon is available to be used with the Raspberry Pi which increases its utility by many folds.
The many Services you can run on a raspberry Pi is limited by our imagination but these are a few which many kids and adults alike have tried.
Web server, Mail server, DHCP Server, Surveillance Camera, Time Lapse camera, Cluster Server, Personal Cloud Server, Python programming, etc
Hope you will have a good start with the Raspberry Pi.