Exploring the Raspberry Pi through real-world projects

Conclusions

Raspberry Pi is obviously not a desktop system. If using the terminal seems too strange and cryptic to you, you should start with the desktop and work your way to the command line gradually.

From its very conception, the RasPi was conceived as an energy-efficient PC for multimedia applications, and it is clearly intended for use as an embedded system. The hardware is ideally suited for use as a server or process computer, or for controlling tasks in hobby projects that are not too power hungry. The configuration makes it possible to connect necessary peripherals, and the header practically begs you to put together additional features to suit your own needs. A specialized Linux distributions will help make the first steps easier for novices.

The developers have achieved their original goal of making computer technology tangible for interested – and especially young – people. The winter and school year are in their most difficult phases; for the next project in your basement, Raspberry Pi receives our warmest recommendations.

Infos

  1. Raspberry Pi: http://www.raspberrypi.org
  2. Hardware Buying Guide: http://elinux.org/RPi_Hardware_Basic_Setup#Typical_Hardware_You_Will_Need
  3. More help choosing hardware: http://elinux.org/RPi_VerifiedPeripherals
  4. Farnell element14 (Europe)/Newark element14 (North America): http://uk.farnell.com http://www.newark.com
  5. RS Components (UK)/Allied Electronics (North America): http://uk.rs-online.com http://www.alliedelec.com
  6. For answers to questions, turn to: http://elinux.org/RaspberryPiBoard
  7. Raspbian "Wheezy": http://www.raspbian.org
  8. Omxplayer audio/video player: https://github.com/huceke/omxplayer
  9. Hostapd: http://hostap.epitest.fi/hostapd
  10. Quick2Wire Python API: https://github.com/quick2wire/quick2wire-python-api
  11. GPIO Admin: https://github.com/quick2wire/quick2wire-gpio-admin

The Author

Werner Hein has been working with Linux as a hobby since 1994 and as a professional with mobile telephony since 1997. His soldering iron had been unused for quite some time until he picked it up again for this article.

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