Raspberry Pi Resources

22 Feb

I imagine that most who find this post, will have already heard of the Raspberry Pi. But if not you should check it out: it’s a $25/$35 computer, about the size of a pack of playing cards, that offers a world of possibilities for both educators and tech lovers like me.

And so, I present to you a list of resources to help you find more information about this project. These are as much for my reference as anything else, but I hope you find them useful too:

Information on the Raspberry Pi project

http://www.raspberrypi.org/

    First up: the official site itself. Head here to find out more about the project, and to keep up-to-date with the latest news. Be sure to read the FAQ page and check out the forums.

http://elinux.org/RaspberryPiBoard

    Fan made semi-official wiki. Head here for more links and information than I could possibly list here!

http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/raspberry-pi

    This is a great article explaining exactly what the Raspberry Pi is. I’ve found this post very useful when explaining the Raspberry Pi to my less geeky friends and family!

Software to run on the Raspberry Pi

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/645

    Links to download the disk image of the Debian 6 based Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi. This will be the official distribution for the Pi and is a good choice for those wishing to run a light-weight desktop on the device.

http://www.raspbmc.com/

    This is a project to port the rather excellent XBMC to the Raspberry Pi. Installing this will turn your Pi into a fully-functional home theater PC! I use XBMC myself on many devices and can highly recommend it.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/forum/distributions/fedora-arm-on-raspberry-pi

    Forum thread detailing efforts to port the Fedora 14 ARM Linux distribution to the Raspberry Pi by the fine folks at Seneca College. This stands a good chance of becoming one of the most popular distributions for the Raspberry Pi, and is worth checking out by all.

http://www.riscosopen.org/forum/forums/5/topics/783

    For RISCOS users – check this thread for information on the Raspberry Pi port.

Cases For the Raspberry Pi

http://elinux.org/Rpi_Cases

    Although it is expected to in the future; the first shipments of the Raspberry Pi will come without a case. Check out the wiki for ideas/projects on how to make one. Personally I’m going to dig the Lego out the attic and try that one!

Datasheets

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/615

    For those that want some details of the inner workings of the Raspberry Pi, check out the datasheet for the Broadcom BCM2835 SoC that is at the heart of the Raspberry Pi.

Spread the Word!

Be sure to let everyone know about the Raspberry Pi, especially those in the education sector which is the project’s primary target. I really hope this sparks some interest in schools to look more deeply at computer programming – so get out here and tell them about it! And why not generate some curiosity by printing out the poster @iteachict has posted on twitter!

EDIT: @iteachict seems to have kicked off a bit of a craze with his QR code Raspberry Pi poster – here is the list of all the ones that I’ve seen so far:

https://twitter.com/#!/iteachict/status/172344488742748160
https://twitter.com/#!/benderrodrigu11/status/172775102872698880/photo/1
https://twitter.com/#!/jb96264/status/172635252471246849/photo/1
https://twitter.com/#!/SlobJunkie/status/172454325543641089/photo/1
https://twitter.com/#!/beatleshelp1/status/172467800974176256
https://twitter.com/#!/jb96264/status/172682607551713280/photo/1

And how about a Raspberry Pi logo within a QR code? Well @folkertdv has done exactly that at the link below:

https://twitter.com/#!/folkertdv/status/172736623220506624

Useful Twitter Accounts

@Raspberry_Pi – official account of the Raspberry Pi project.
@SamNazarko – creator of the Raspbmc project.

That’s all I have. If you have any links you think I should include here, please add into the comments below – but please also be sure to contribute them to the Raspberry Pi wiki. I hope to get a Raspberry Pi as soon as possible, and will detail my adventures on this blog. Thanks for reading!