Nine handpicked projects for the Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi success story has inspired thousands of projects. In this article, we present a selection of Raspberry Pi gems for hobbyists, researchers, and industrial use.

The Raspberry Pi originated with the idea of teaching children to program, and sales skyrocketed, with more than 18 million units sold to date. A new model with improved hardware, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, was recently released. The applications range from baby monitors to the 300-node Raspberry Pi cluster [1] at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, and the 750-node HPC testbed [2] at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. SUSE even supplies its Enterprise Server 12 for the single-board computer (SBC) [3]. In this article, I reveal my personal list of the best projects.

NextCloudPi

Hard-working developer Nacho Parker from the Nextcloud environment maintains a NextCloudPi (NCPi) image for the Raspberry Pi that connects the standard Raspbian distribution with the Nextcloud storage software (Figure 1). As he told Linux Pro Magazine, one other developer besides him works on the distribution code. The continuously updated image is based on Raspbian 9 and is adapted to the current Nextcloud version 13.0.1. NCPi [4] is available as an ARM image or x86 Docker container.

The code for NCPi is available from GitHub [5], where instructions for using the build script for the Raspbian image, an x86 image, and a Docker ARM hard-float (armhf) image are provided. In addition to the prebuilt Raspberry Pi image, Docker images for the Raspberry Pi, the x86 platform, and hardware based on armhf can be found there. The server scores up to 1,000 NCPi downloads per day.

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