Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched Raspberry Pi 2, the second-generation of its dirt-cheap computer. The new hardware comes with improved specifications while maintaining the same $35 (Rs 2,160 approximately) price tag. Interestingly enough, Microsoft announced that it will be bringing Windows 10 for Pi free of cost.
The Raspberry Pi 2 offers the same form factor as the $35 Model B+ which was launched last July. It comes with a quad-core processor clocked at 900MHz (compared to a single-core 700MHz CPU in the first generation), with ARMv7 processor and 1GB of RAM. This change would allow more developers to make applications for the miniature computer. Other features include four USB ports, more GPIO pins, and microSD card slot. For network connectivity, the Pi comes with 10/100Mbps Ethernet support.
The credit card sized computer, Pi comes with Raspian, a version of popular Linux based Debian which also powers the first generation of Pi. The hardware improvements, however, now extend the support to many more operating systems. One such operating system is Windows 10.
Microsoft confirmed that its Windows 10 will run on Pi 2. The company also announced that Windows 10 will be free for the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT.
While Linux distribution companies haven’t confirmed it, theoretically, the hardware specs offered by the Pi 2 could also run Ubuntu among others.