Raspberry mid month software Jam

  • August 16, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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How to manage Linux on your Raspberry Pi

 

  • How to shutdown and reboot your Pi
  • How to update the software on your Pi
  • How to build software on your Pi

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  • Robert B.

    Hi
    I think it was John who was interested in multi-booting from an SD card. It can done using Berryboot:
    http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=135459
    I haven't tried it yet but instructions look clear enough.
    Note especially further down the post it says:
    'Can put the pre-downloaded (image) files on a USB stick and use the "copy OS from USB stick" option.'.
    Could be very useful for making good use of a larger SD card.
    Rob

    August 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for coming everybody I will try and book a rom in the same building for next month about the same time.

    PS: You might all like this

    http://pi.edwinjones.me.uk/

    August 17, 2012

    • George P.

      Apache is fine but can be very resource hungry. Using something like nginx (pronounced engine-X) mean more memory for other applications. Lighttpd is another alternative which comes to mind. not sure if it's included in the Raspberry Pi repository though.

      Using a smaller footprint web servers is a good thing, rather than automatically reaching for the heavyweights such as Apache.

      August 17, 2012

    • Karel

      Hmm, are any of the alternatives compatable with PHP?

      August 17, 2012

  • John B.

    Missed the first agenda item - a quick whip-around the room where everyone introduces themselves and tell us what their using their RaspberryPi for.

    August 17, 2012

  • John B.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the meeting last night and drinks afterwards. Thanks everyone. I got some great ideas for other things I can do with my RPi

    August 17, 2012

  • George P.

    Small group but good presentation

    August 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I didn't make it. Last minute stuff interfered.

    August 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alec was a great host, really knows his stuff and is happy to share knowledge with total newcomers like me.

    August 17, 2012

  • Alec C.

    Great to time. Many thanks for the +ve feedback. Big thank you to @geekscape for helping with presentation. Special thanks to Oli Jones and his colleagues for the venue

    August 16, 2012

  • Robert B.

    Doh! Missed the RSVP cut-off for Thursday while signing up!

    August 15, 2012

    • Robert B.

      Thanks! Looking forward to it.

      August 15, 2012

    • Alec C.

      I've fixed the RSVP so you can say yes right up until 6:30 tomorrow :-)

      1 · August 15, 2012

  • Alec C.

    I'm having Pi problems at the moment so I will demonstrate Linux on my laptop. But it's the same :-)

    August 14, 2012

    • John B.

      Alec - I will be coming on Thursday and you can use my RPi if you like (thanks to Andy for helping me fix it!)

      August 15, 2012

  • John B.

    I broke my Pi :-(
    Dear hardware guys - just now when I was plugging in the micro USB power cable I slipped and broke off the little 'silo' (capacitor?) soldered between C2 and C3. Is this something which can be soldered back on?

    August 13, 2012

    • John B.

      Thanks Andy - I shall try and come tonight. Where is it?

      August 14, 2012

    • Andy G.

      Please email [masked] for details.

      August 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there

    I'm quite interested in seeing/learning what a Raspberry Pi can be used to do and hearing from people about them or some other sort of learning about them, but I get the impression this mid-month Jam, or perhaps even this meetup group itself, is more about hands on code tutorials for people who have Raspberry Pi's than what I'm interested in this stage. Hopefully you get what I mean anyway. To give some perspective, I'm a website developer and primarily interested in RP's for home automation and perhaps creation of UI's for such as well.

    Can someone let me know please?
    Cheers
    Matt

    August 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes silly interface at Meetup.com I suppose what I'm interested in would be seeing demos of what people are doing with their Raspberry Pi's.

      This way I can assess whether getting in to RP's is something worth me investing my time in at the moment. I prefer weekdays for meetups too, which is why I was more interested in the Thursday meetup, as well as the fact that I'll be away for the next Saturday meetup. But in terms of topics for your meetup to cover, should probably leave that up to you as I imagine you'll get this sort of request / people with this sort of interest each time a newbie joins...

      Cheers
      Matt

      August 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm most interested in seeing what others are doing/have done. Partly as a way of getting inspiration, but mostly just seeing what is possible with the technology.

      Initially, I'm planning to use my Pi as a server for interacting with Arduinos/home automation.

      August 13, 2012

  • Alec C.

    Rather than doing python I am thinking that it may be better to do "How to manage Linux" for people who do not have any Linux experience?

    With Code Academy and Khan Academy both offering free online Python courses it seems like a better use of time.

    Thoughts?

    I would cover.

    * Shutting down and restarting your Pi
    * How to manage software packages and package repositories
    * How to set up new user accounts

    August 13, 2012

    • Andy G.

      I'm running AdaFruit's Occidentalis v0.1 which is Raspian plus support for I2C, SPI, OneWire, WiFi (Realtek). Ensure that /etc/apt/sources.list is pointing to the Raspbian repos. I've resized the main partition. I've built mosquitto (MQTT server). I've installed and run Lua, ser2net, minicom, Java, PHP 5.4 and RaspControl. I've played with hardware GPIO control from Python, C and shell. All reasonably stable.

      August 13, 2012

    • Alec C.

      Sounds like I ought to cover package building. Or maybe you can jump in Andy?

      August 13, 2012

  • John B.

    Anybody found cheaper SD Card? I am using Kingston 8GB Class 10 card for $15 from scorptec.com.au. I don't need 8GB but I can't find any Class 6 or Class 10 cheaper. Any clues?

    August 10, 2012

    • John B.

      Thanks. I checked out estore.com but the web pages looked dodgy e.g. the picture for one of the cards was wrong and the is no picture for the $11 card so I was concerned enough to look elsewhere.

      August 11, 2012

    • Lance L.

      Its a real place John, its just a couple of k's away from where I live, and quite reputable - they had this one which i thought met your requirements http://www.estore.com...­ - You can ring them up - Main office and warehouse in Mt Waverley

      August 11, 2012

  • Andy G.

    "The MagPi" is a regular on-line magazine about the Raspberry Pi. There are 4 issues that cover a range of software and hardware topics, suitable for those getting started ... and helpful even for the experts. http://www.themagpi.com

    August 11, 2012

  • Andy G.

    If you are interested in hardware hacking with your Raspberry Pi, the Gertboard has just been announced as ready (AUS$62.60 from element14) ... http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/1734 ... it has a good range of interfaces, including A/D, D/A, motor controller, open collector outputs and a microcontroller (AVE ATMega, Arduino-like).

    August 10, 2012

    • Karel

      I saw that and I think (at the moment at least) it is overkill for me :) Very nice though and maybe an option for later.

      August 10, 2012

  • John B.

    My 8 year-old son and I have started a scrap book 'The Book of Pideas" with all our crazy ideas scribbled in it.

    Currently I am working on a 'smart alarm clock' (no display, just a speaker). It plays BigBen chimes on the hour during the daytime. For the alarm it accesses the bureau of meteorology web site and 'speaks' the weather. Next I want it to access iCal and speak our daily schedule.

    August 10, 2012

  • Karel

    Unfortunately I am unable to attend, even though I would love to!
    I have a Python project under-way for my RasPi already (Music player for my car) and I am working on GPIO access and interface so I don't have to use a keyboard in the car :)
    I should be able to make it for the next weekend one though (now that I have my Pi)

    August 9, 2012

    • Andy G.

      I'm working on a small colour touchscreen interface for my Raspberry Pi. I'd be interested to exchange ideas, etc ... at the next meeting.

      August 10, 2012

  • Alec C.

    BTW -- The local Python meetup also happens at monthly. See http://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Python-Meetup-Group/

    August 10, 2012

  • Lance L.

    Sorry can't attend!

    August 8, 2012

  • Andy G.

    Fun fact: Curiosity rover: RAD750 CPU, 400 Mips, 256 Mb DRAM and 2 Gb Flash memory. Similar, but less horsepower / memory than your Raspberry Pi !

    August 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The room is a lecture hall, it can hold a fair few people but best to bring battery back up as I am not sure about the power supply. At present Alec is presenting.

    August 7, 2012

    • Alec C.

      Thanks Oli. So an intro to Programming with Python?

      August 7, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      gets my vote.

      August 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    PS: not connected but I just liked it - http://adafruit.com/products/906

    August 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Details of the room are up. We have it for two hours. If anybody asks you are there for the "Python programming workshop" which is what I booked it under (it was easier that way).

    August 7, 2012

  • Alec C.

    Details on room location to follow

    August 5, 2012

  • Alec C.

    Suggestions and request for topics and activities needed please

    August 5, 2012

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