There's a big variety of different electronics boards on the market right now, but pretty much all of them have a similar set of base features. Makezine outlines seven of those features that pretty much any tinkerer should familiarise themselves with.
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Regardless of whether you're talking about a Linux-capable board like a Raspberry Pi or a something simpler, like an Arduino, they all have a few commonalities. Make outlines seven different phrases and sections of the board you'll want to get to know:
It's all pretty simple stuff, but once you understand those basics, you'll have a much better understanding of the board in general. Head over to Make for the full descriptions of each term.