Welcome to Roanoke Linux Users Group Saturday, March 24 2018 @ 06:09 AM EDT
I have a RPi Model B and a RPi 2 (works great as a Kodi media center!), but just for fun I ordered a RPi Model A+ to check it out.
In common with the B+ and RPi 2, the A+ has the enchanced 40-pin GPIO header, so it's well suited to being used as a project board (in contrast to being used as a desktop GUI). Unlike it's bigger sibling, the 512 MB Model B+, the A+ has 256 MB of RAM.
One of the more handy programs (which is still free of charge) for trying out different Linux distributions is Oracle's VirtualBox. There is a small learning curve to get acquainted with virtualiztion, but still a good program.
One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is the default 640x480 screen resolution after installing a VM. Turning to Google, there are lots of posts about how to fix this, most of them outdated and addressing older versions of VirtualBox. For the remainder of this post, I'll be talking about VirtualBox version 4.3.26.
Mark your calendars! The dates for the SouthEast LinuxFest 2015 has been announced:June 12-14, 2015
The LAMP stack is Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP and used for web hosting. Installing on your local workstation for development and testing can be done from the command line.
Additional note: these instructions are for a local development installation of LAMP and does not include instructions for hardening. For a production installation further due diligence would be needed for security. See this article: How to Secure Ubuntu for the Web
Plans are in the works for the first Roanoke Raspberry Jam! Scheduled for April 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm, this meeting of the Roanoke Linux Users Group will feature the innovative Raspberry Pi. Topics being planned:
Other topics and projects may be available, so come and explore the possibilities!
More details, directions and RSVP on Meetup.com
How to stay connected with ROALUG:
IRC Server: chat.freenode.net
Exploring different ideas on how to communicate as a group:
On a budget? Need a basic workstation and prefer to use Linux/Open Source software? Want to have a planet-friendly alternative for computing?
Got one of these on order and will demo it at a future ROALUG meeting. Stay tuned!
With all the excitement being generated with the new Raspberry Pi 2 (RPi2 for short), I started looking for the best OS to use the new RPi2 as a media center. Looks like some things have changed since I researched this before in 2014.
For starters, the best way to install an OS on your SD card is using NOOBS (New Out Of Box Software). Your choices are Rasbian (recommended for beginners), Archlinux, Pidora, OpenELEC and RaspBMC, which includes the XBMC media center software which runs on the model A, B and B+. However, RaspBMC won't be supported for the new RPi2 and is changing to OSMC (which will support RPi2 in the Alpha 4 release). Secondly, XBMC is changing to Kodi, which will support the RaspB 2. On top of that, there's another XBMC/Kodi distribution called XBian, which will run on the RPi2.
While anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new Raspberry Pi 2 from The Pi Hut, I was checking out some of their tutorials. This one is very useful, discussing how to see what's included in the installation and adding new programs with the package manager.
Part of the learning curve with any new OS such as Linux is the underlying infrastructure. Such as getting around in a Linux/Unix file structure. Here are a couple of links to useful information:
Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (Wikipedia)
And sometimes you have to open up the Terminal and go exploring on the command-line to get used to how things look, especially if you've been using the DOS/Windows way of doing things for awhile.