IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

University of Cambridge offers free Raspberry Pi course

Twelve step course will teach students how to build an operating system for £29 computer.

Raspberry Pi

Cambridge University has launched a free online course to teach people how to build a basic Raspberry Pi operating system (OS).

The Baking Pi - Operating Systems Development course will allow students with some programming experience to develop an OS for the system.

It comprises of twelve lessons that will introduce the concepts of assembly language programming and OS development to young adults with little familiarity of either.

The course was conceived by Alex Chadwick of the University of Cambridge Computer Lab.

Students will learn what assembly language and operating systems are, before being taught how to switch on and operate one of the board's LED lights and build a USB driver.

Further lessons delve into graphics theory and instructions on generating lines, text and random numbers.

Ultimately, students will learn to use text to compute values and build a command line interface. A downloads page contains answers to exercises in each lesson, as well as a sample OS created by Chadwick.

It's not easy and it's not meant to be.

In a blog post, Raspberry Pi Foundation communications officer Liz Upton said the course was as much about bare-metal programming as it is about building an OS.

"It's not easy, and it's not meant to be; we expect you to find this course challenging and you should find you come out of it with a great deal of skill and knowledge that you didn't have before," she said.

The growing bare-metal programming community emerging on the back of the Raspberry Pi's release will be available to answer student's questions should they get stuck during their training.

New undergraduates at Cambridge taking computer science courses will be able to get their hands on the Raspberry Pi computer as part of their tuition.

Featured Resources

The Total Economic Impact™ Of Turbonomic Application Resource Management for IBM Cloud® Paks

Business benefits and cost savings enabled by IBM Turbonomic Application Resource Management

Free Download

The Total Economic Impact™ of IBM Watson Assistant

Cost savings and business benefits enabled by Watson Assistant

Free Download

The field guide to application modernisation

Moving forward with your enterprise application portfolio

Free Download

AI for customer service

Discover the industry-leading AI platform that customers and employees want to use

Free Download

Recommended

Raspberry Pi launches next-gen Pico W microcontroller with networking support
Hardware

Raspberry Pi launches next-gen Pico W microcontroller with networking support

1 Jul 2022
Raspberry Pi ten years on: Breathing new life into retro machines
Hardware

Raspberry Pi ten years on: Breathing new life into retro machines

6 Apr 2022
Raspberry Pi OS finally gets a 64-bit release
operating systems

Raspberry Pi OS finally gets a 64-bit release

4 Feb 2022
Raspberry Pi: Top projects to try yourself
Mobile

Raspberry Pi: Top projects to try yourself

6 Oct 2021

Most Popular

Apple patches 'superpower' zero-days affecting iPhones, iPads, and Macs
zero-day exploit

Apple patches 'superpower' zero-days affecting iPhones, iPads, and Macs

18 Aug 2022
Why convenience is the biggest threat to your security
Sponsored

Why convenience is the biggest threat to your security

8 Aug 2022
The benefits of a hardware update for SMBs
Sponsored

The benefits of a hardware update for SMBs

2 Aug 2022