- Paperback: 394 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449362346
- ISBN-13: 978-1449362348
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Raspberry Pi Hacks: Tips & Tools for Making Things with the Inexpensive Linux Computer 1st Edition
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Ruth Suehle works in Red Hat's Open Source and Standards group, which aims to help upstream open source software communities. She also leads the Fedora Project's marketing team. Previously an editor for Red Hat Magazine, she now leads discussions about open source principles as a moderator at opensource.com. Ruth is also a core contributor to Wired's GeekMom blog, where she covers the adventures of motherhood alongside technology and sci-fi.
Tom Callaway is the Fedora Engineering Manager at Red Hat, where he has worked since 2001. He has been active with Fedora since its creation and currently serves as the Fedora Packaging Committee Chair, responsible for defining the standards that Fedora uses to keep its package quality high. He also maintains 300+ packages in Fedora, which may also mean he is legally insane. He enjoys pinball, gaming, sci-fi, frogs, geocaching, traveling, and causing trouble with his wife Pam and son Jimmy.
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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.