- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (April 27, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1680451839
- ISBN-13: 978-1680451832
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Linux for Makers: Understanding the Operating System That Runs Raspberry Pi and Other Maker SBCs 1st Edition
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Three Questions for Aaron Newcomb
For whom is your book written?
It's specifically aimed at Makers who want to better understand the single board computers that are becoming so popular with hobbyists and innovators today—like the Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone, Onion Omega, even some high-level Arduinos. But the book is also a great introduction for anyone who is interested in learning about how to use Linux, the fastest-growing operating system on the planet.
What need does it fulfill for those readers?
Too often, makers new to Raspberry Pi projects simply follow a list of instructions on some website that don't fully explain what each instruction actually does. This book makes clear the computing aspect of how and why your Raspberry Pi is doing the things it's doing. In addition, it demystifies the Linux command line, enabling a powerful new tool for Makers to use when building their projects.
What's the most exciting thing happening with Linux?
The Internet of Things is meeting up with 'deep learning'—artificial intelligence that only exists in the Cloud. To really merge the two successfully, and to give your gadget a global intelligence, the person who knows Linux is going to find him or herself far ahead of the others.
About the Author
Aaron Newcomb has been a maker since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver and has been using Linux since 1997. He currently works in the IT industry and co-hosts several shows about technology for TWiT, LLC, including FLOSS Weekly, All About Android, and This Week in Google. In 2012, he founded Benicia Makerspace where he currently serves as President and Executive Director.
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Reviewed by Zander H., age 15, Gulf Coast Mensa
I wasn't sure if this book would fit the bill. When I first opened it up and started to read, my eyes started to glaze over a little. But with a little effort, I was able to stay engaged long enough to get started and then this book started to kick in. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is getting your Raspberry Pi or other processor loaded with the operating system. This book takes you through step-by-step on how to get Linux loaded onto your device and how to get started programming with Linux. It is suprisingly easy and the way the writers handle it, there is no frustration or boredom to overcome. They get right into the details of how to get started and they do.
From there, the book has plenty of step by step projects and links to sites that will help you with your ideas. My biggest negatives would be the smaller size of the book and inexpensive printing materials that make it a little harder to read to start off with compared with a more expensive book. Still, for someone wanting to save money and get started in the maker scene with Linux, this is a good starting point.
This is one of them.
“Linux for Makers” is intended for Makers – people creating and inventing things – who want to use Single Board Computers (SBCs) in their projects.
Raspberry Pi and its brethren sound like a lot of fun until you realize that these little wonders require a lot of computer knowledge before the will do anything.
This book offers a hand-holding path toward installing and using the Linux Operating System on a Raspberry Pi.
It is exceptionally well-written with very clear text and lots of illustrations.
While some of the book is very specific to Raspberry Pi and other SBCs, it is also a great general introduction to anyone who wants to learn the essentials of using Linux.
Quite as remarkable book in my opinion. In fact, it answered a lot of questions I had about Raspberry Pi in general and, thanks to its help, intend to purchase a Raspberry Pi kit.
This book was a great refresher course for me. It was concise-- I appreciate brevity in my old age. It helped me set some baseline best practices for my projects. I would have appreciated some guidance on modern shells (zsh+OMZ vs fish+OMF for instance), But I'm very happy with the book.
There is an infinite amount of information out there in the universe. You have to decide what's important to you-- if you want to be a Linux guru, clearly this book isn't for you. Do you want to understand enough Linux to get *ish done? That "Add to Cart" button is just to the right.
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Very brief in interaction with HW
Examples are very short, but many are useful.