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  • Posted November 17, 2014

    Are you a new Pi user or curious hacker? If you are, this book i

    Are you a new Pi user or curious hacker? If you are, this book is for you. Authors Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree, have done an outstanding job of writing a 3rd edition of a book that provides an introduction to the world of Raspberry Pi.

    Authors Upton and Halfacree, begin by showing you how to connect your Raspberry Pi to a display, keyboard and mouse; install an operating system; and, jump straight into using the Pi. Next, the authors present a quick primer on how to use the operating system. In addition, they look at some of the most common reasons for the Pi to misbehave and how to fix them. The authors also concentrate on whether you know that your network doesn’t have a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol server (a system that tells the Pi and other devices on the network how they should connect) or if you want to use a USB wireless adapter with the Pi. Then, they continue by discussing why although raspi-config is designed to be safe, some settings (in particular, the overclock option) can leave your Raspberry Pi unable to boot. The authors then offer a word of warning: Changing the settings on config.txt and cmdline.txt from their defaults, can result in a Pi that doesn’t boot until the files are reverted, in the best case; and, that can physically damage the system, in the worst case. Next, they cover the most popular tasks for a Pi: That of a home theater PC, or HTPC. In addition, the authors show you how the Pi can be used as a day-to-day machine for office and school work, while not harming its usability as a platform for programming and experimentation, by using either locally installed applications or cloud-based services. They also explain why that in order to ensure a Web server’s maximum performance, you must switch the Pi’s memory partitioning to reserve just 16MB or 32MB for the GPU; and, not run a graphical user interface at the same time.
    Then, the authors discuss how the Raspberry Pi Foundation is working to get the Pi device adopted as an educational tool for all ages by using Scratch. Next, they cover the high-level language Python code; and, how it provides the Pi with commands in a manner that is quick to learn and easy to follow. The authors continue by looking at Minecraft: Which is now available for the Raspberry Pi, and brings with it educational elements that let interested parties learn through play. They then stress that before you can get started building circuits to use with the Pi’s GPIO port, you need some additional equipment and an understanding about some of the language surrounding the world of electronics. Next, the authors show you where the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO port is located: On the top-left of the printed circuit board, labeled P1. In addition, they cover the Raspberry Pi Camera Module: Which is the most compact way of adding the ability to record still images and video to your project. Finally, the authors take a peek at the add-on boards, which simply provide easier access to the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins.

    This excellent book explores a number of things you can do with your Raspberry Pi, from controlling hardware with Python, to using its as a media center, setting up camera projects, or building games in Scratch. Also, this great book shows how the Raspberry Pi exposes GPIO, so that you can get to work right away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Great Book Not just for Raspberry Pi, also any one just starting to learn Linux

    lots of command to get started learning Linux in here, tell you step by step how to do them and setup a lot of other thing in Linux as well as the Raspberry Pi

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    Posted December 25, 2012

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