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Raspberry Pi User Guide 1st Edition

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The essential guide to getting started with Raspberry Pi computing and programming

Originally conceived of as a fun, easy way for kids (and curious adults) to learn computer programming, the Raspberry Pi quickly evolved into a remarkably robust, credit-card-size computer that can be used for everything from playing HD videos and hacking around with hardware to learning to program!

Co-authored by one of the creators of the Raspberry Pi,  this book fills you in on everything you need to know to get up and running on your Raspberry Pi, in no time, including how to:

  • Connect to a keyboard, mouse, monitor and other peripherals
  • Install software
  • Master basic Linux System Admin
  • Configure your Raspberry Pi
  • Set-up your Raspberry Pi as a Productivity computer
  • Write programmes in Scratch and Python
  • Set up the Raspberry Pi to drive a multimedia centre

This is your complete guide to using and getting the most out of the world’s first, true compact computer.

Eben Upton is theco- creator of the Raspberry Pi board and the founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Gareth Halfacree is a freelance technology journalist, open source advocate and erstwhile sysadmin.

About the Author

Eben Upton is the co-creator of the Raspberry Pi board and the founder of the Raspberry foundation.

Gareth Halfacree is a freelance technology journalist, open source advocate and erstwhile sysadmin.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111846446X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118464465
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the official user guide for setting up and using the Raspberry Pi Model B credit card size Linux single-board computer that costs $35 (plus taxes and shipping). The guide was written by Raspberry Pi Foundation co-founder Eben Upton, whose day job is application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) architect (and general troublemaker, as he states it) for the semiconductor device manufacturer Broadcom. His co-author is self-described freelance technology journalist, writer, programmer, electronics designer, and erstwhile sysadmin Gareth Halfacree, whose writing appears in publications such as "Linux User & Developer", "Custom PC", "Micro Mart", "IT Pro", "Bit-Tech" and "Expert Reviews".

The book properly starts with a short, but fascinating, history of how the Raspberry Pi came to be, starting as an idealist concept and a much simpler (and much less capable) breadboard prototype half a dozen years ago, compared with the real deal. As Eben recounts it, the Foundation gradually realized that they had accidentally and unintentionally promised a $25 ~ $35 computer to over 100,000 very expectant and enthusiastic fans, a bit more than the couple of hundred boards they had originally thought they would just give away to prospective students applying to Cambridge University's computer science curriculum. In less than a year, the Pi went from being just-another seemingly great idea that had a very uncertain but potentially great future, to an astoundingly successful reality, with several hundred thousand manufactured and delivered so far, to what are by all accounts highly-satisfied customers.
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It had some information that I found useful, but it left a lot to the imagination. Not a good template for technical documentaion.

Very extensive info about WHO designed it, WHAT it is, WHEN it was developed, WHERE to buy it, and some minor postulations of WHY you would buy it.

HOW was almost completely absent from this book. This is why I bought the book. But in reality I could have just rummage through the website and gathered all the info found in the book.
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This book offers a great introduction to anyone interested in learning about the Raspberry Pi. The coverage is fairly comprehensive, starting with a description of the Raspberry Pi and getting it setup, followed by Linux Administration and using the Raspberry Pi for a number of different purposes. These range from using the Raspberry Pi as a media centre, to a development platform and finally for hardware hacking with the GPIO port.

I found the Python and Hardware hacking sections particularly useful as these are the main things I want to play with on the Raspberry Pi.

All in all, a worthwhile purchase. If you are a Raspberry Pi owner this is a recommended purchase!
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I got the kindle edition and so far I am not able to find any formatting errors. I would like to point out one error in "Flashing from OS X". On step 6 instead of dd if=imagefilename.img of=/dev/diskX bs=2M it should be dd if=imagefilename.img of=/dev/diskX bs=2m. Notice the last argument where Big M should be replaced with small m for OS X because it carries the BSD heritage. I am not sure if there are any other errors but nothing critical that cannot be fixed with quick web search.

Even though this is Raspberry Pi user guide, most of the things mentioned can also be applied to other Linux based OS because Raspberry Pi uses Debian which is based on Linux Kernel. This means we are also learning Linux utilities.
The writing is very clear and concise. Also, all the information in the book can be found online with web search but it is always handy to have a reference available in one place. Granted I have not read the whole book but it seems to be an excellent companion to your Raspberry pi. I am even thinking about buying the physical book.
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Gareth Halfacree and Eben Upton's RASPBERRY PI USER GUIDE is a must purchase for the first time owner of the credit card sized educational computer, the Raspberry Pi. The Pi computer is simplicity itself, and deserves a work like this to get the user up and running. It IS NOT an in-depth reference or thorough user guide. It IS a work that will get one up and running with all of the most important aspects of the 256K Raspberry Pi. Note that the primary focus is on the revision B Pi (the one with the two USB ports). After a brief history of the Pi project, the user is given straightforward directions on hooking it up to monitors and keyboards. After simple directions on getting an operating system "flashed" on an SD card, you're off.

By the end of this book, you will be shown the basics of Linux administration, mostly in the context of configuring the Pi and setting it up on a network. The rest of the book leads users to install home theater software, web servers, and several programming environments. In no way will you be an expert in any of these areas, but you WILL be up and running and ready to proceed a lot deeper in any direction of personal interest.

Think of this book as the manual that comes with your new car. It's got every thing you need to get up and running, but if you want to tinker you'll need more information!
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