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* A computer with at least 5 GB of free disk space, running some form of Unix or Linux.
* An SD or SDHC card, with a capacity of 2GB or more. (Good-quality class 4 cards usually work well)
. Do ''not'' use a MicroSD card with an adapter -- it will not be recognized by the Raspberry Pi.
* An SD/SDHC card writer, either built in to the computer or connected to a USB port.
* An Internet connection.