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Raspberry Pi Home Automation with Arduino by Andrew K. Dennis

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Setting up the SD card

Before we can install our operating system, we need to set up the SD card. This involves formatting it to the FAT filesystem format first.

FAT (File Allocation Table) is a method used for recording which sectors of a disk files are stored in and which sectors are free to be written to. It has its origins in the 1970s where Bill Gates and Marc McDonald developed it for use on floppy disks. Due to its robustness and simplicity, it is still found on SD cards today and is the format we will need in order to run our operating system selection application.

After formatting the SD card, we will then install a program called BerryBoot. This allows us to install our operating system onto the SD card, which the Raspberry Pi will use. ...

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