Can you really use a Raspberry Pi desktop PC as your full computer? We recently set Rob Zwetsloot the challenge of using a Raspberry Pi for a week, and the result was a huge set of great tips for using a Raspberry Pi all the time.
The desktop computer is a dying breed these days, especially in the home. With the arrival of powerful laptops and convenient tablets, fewer people feel the need to have a dedicated desk computer taking up space or gathering dust in their house.
A good desktop computer can be useful, particularly for work-related tasks, but for many people space is at a premium. What better computer to turn to than the credit-card-sized Raspberry Pi? We’ve claimed several times that you can use a Raspberry Pi desktop PC, so it’s time to put this to the test and use a Raspberry Pi for a whole week – for science!
Rob built the basic hardware setup as described on the previous page. He downloaded and installed the latest version of Raspbian (you can do this via NOOBS, or follow our instructional video) and let it run through its automatic setup steps.
With that, he was ready to start using the Raspberry Pi desktop PC.
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