WHAT IS A RASPBERRY PI ?
“The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games. What’s more, the Raspberry Pi has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras. “
It’s low cost and power requirements makes it ideally suitable for amateur seismology.
Once setup it can be run ‘headlessly’, i.e. without a monitor or keyboard and be controlled remotely via the internet.
The Windows Programs we use to monitor earthquakes normally run on Intel x86 machines. The RASPBERRY Pi is an Mini PC using an ARM based architecture which does not support Windows x86 applications
With Eltechs ExaGear Desktop you can run Intel x86 application on your ARM-based Mini PC ( RASPBERRY Pi ) simultaneously with common native applications.
ExaGear is a virtual machine that implements virtual x86 Linux container on ARM and allows you to run Intel x86 applications directly on ARM. You can run Windows applications on your ARM Mini PC if you install Wine.
more details on the Raspberry Pi can be read on this wiki