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4.0 out of 5 stars "What now" redux, March 27, 2014
This review is from: Raspberry Pi Hacks: Tips & Tools for Making Things with the Inexpensive Linux Computer (Paperback)
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When I reviewed Raspberry Pi Projects for the Evil Genius a while back, I considered it a necessary addition to any RPi hackers library. This too serves a similar purpose, with a lot more material, presented by two people involved in Fedora Linux. While Pidora seems to lag behind the RPi OS pack overall, this doesn't get in the way of doing a very effective job of giving you many, many projects of both traditional and physical computing natures.

Some of what's in here is pretty oldschool - people have been running Asterisk PBXes for a long time and the process isn't appreciably different on the Pi. Some of the projects do address some needs unique to the RPi and its market space; for example, there's extensive instructions on building a GCC cross-compiler toolchain to get around the long compile times for work done on the Pi itself. It also makes instructions available for some common second-computer uses like arcade emulation and (one of the RPi's most popular uses) media computing.

But what you came for are the things that the Pi is especially good for - portability and physical computing. It delivers quite effectively too; controlling a camera via gphoto, for example, or a car-mounted geocache tracker with an off-the-shelf GPS module, or controlling a 3D printer, or even something as mundane as a plant waterer. There's even some truly off-the-wall stuff like waterproofing the board with a hydrophobic paint from Rustoleum.

It does come up a bit short in some ways, though; while it's largely distro-agnostic and makes some use of Adafruit's Occidentalis distro for some physical computing projects, it pretty much ignores RISCOS entirely. And for some reason the software radio receiver project doesn't have a transmitter companion. Other than that, though, this is a must-purchase for anyone who wants to do more than noodle around in Scratch or Python.
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