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Raspberry Pi Gets Easier to Use With Noobs Software


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Software from New Out of the Box Software (Noobs) provides users with a choice of operating systems for use with their Raspberry Pi minicomputers, including ArchLinux, OpenELEC, Pidora, and RaspBMC.

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation is now offering downloadable software that will make its mini-computer easier to use.

New Out of the Box Software (Noobs) will provide users with a choice of operating systems to install, including ArchLinux, OpenELEC, Pidora, and RaspBMC. The software also could be used to reinstall operating systems if there is a problem, says founder Eben Upton.

"The Raspberry Pi is a great platform if your parent is an engineer or you have a teacher who is an enthusiast, but if you don't have a tech-savvy adult on hand it can be quite a technical operation," Upton notes.

The affordable device is designed to encourage young people to do more programming, and more than 1 million units have sold since it went on sale last February. The foundation has plans for more user-friendly moves, but critics say it is dumbing down the device.

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