Picture of Raspberry Pi - Jack of all trades.
Raspberry Pi is a sort of jack of all trades when it comes to being a single board computer based on the Arm processor. It can be a desktop, media player/streamer, web server, forensics machine, and do most of what all linux based machines can do. Pictured is the Raspberry Pi with some of it's arm based cousins.

it is not a good idea to run the raspberry pi off another computers usb port.
If you need a power adapter, consider:

Another Arm based install: Yet another arm install is in the linux hints instructable.

Quickie monitor:

Note: if you ever want to get back to the first boot menu

$ sudo raspi-config
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Step 1: Network setup.

Picture of Network setup.
You will want to go to the services tab on your router to make the IPaddress of the Raspberry Pi semi-permanent. Get the mac address of your Raspberry Pi and then decide what address you want to use. We used for whatever reason.

Llater when you want to SSH into the unit it will make it easier. One thing to note is that you must use a username on the Raspberry Pi to log into it.

$ ssh pi@

better (use whatever name you set up for the raspberry pi in the router):

$ ssh pi@raspberrypi

Also see:

Note: By using ssh means you do not have to leave a keyboard attached to the Raspberry Pi. Saves energy and less cables to deal with.
nerd74731 year ago

Cool but I suggest making the pictures have a better quality that way it might get featured

Computothought (author)  nerd74731 year ago

Not hear to won a popularity contest. Did the best with what I had at the time.

Great attitude. Almost as good as the spelling and grammar.

techboy4111 year ago
Nexus 7?
Computothought (author)  techboy4111 year ago
Sjhould be fixed by now.
nice intro tutorial, what's your next raspberry pi project?
Computothought (author)  amandaghassaei2 years ago
Thanx for the kind words. Some of the things I wanted to do have already been done. If it had not been so long in getting the unit I would have done more already. Since it is linux based, a lot of the linux instructables I have already done apply. Thought about making some kind of Halloween talking face. Have to see what voice software is supported. There there is always making a RPi computer cluster.
did you end up making the halloween project?
Computothought (author)  amandaghassaei2 years ago
No, not enough time...
mrmath2 years ago
You do miss out on pin 26 with this method, and pin 26 can be used as a GPIO pin.. If you've got a vice, and an old IDE cable, you can open up the connector, which will have all 26 pins in it, strip out an ide calbe to 26 wires, then use the clamp to close up the connector over the "thinned out" cable. That will give you all 26 wires.
Computothought (author)  mrmath2 years ago
Your right. I am just going to strip one wire from another cable and just add it to it and then put the connector back together.