Welcome to Roanoke Linux Users Group Wednesday, April 26 2017 @ 11:33 AM EDT
All things Raspberry Pi! Bring your favorite projects to share, meet and greet with other DIY makers and builders. Topics to include:
New Date: Coming to the CoLab Roanoke on May 20, 2017 - 1:00 until 5:00 pm
Roanoke Raspberry Jam – Spring 2016
April 16th 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Schedule of Events
1:00 – Meet and Greet / Share Your Project. Bring your Raspberry Pi project and share your ideas with the group. We will have light refreshments.
2:00 – Minecraft: Pi Edition. Not only does the Raspbian operating system include a free edition of Minecraft (based on Minecraft Pocket Edition) but you can also do some coding with Python to manipulate objects in the game. We'll take look at this fun and easy way to learn programming!
3:00 – Build Robots and other Projects with GoPiGo and GrovePi. We'll take a spin around the room with a GoPiGo robot complete with a WiFi web cam and connect a variety of Seeed Studio Grove sensors with the GrovePi+ board.
4:00 – Learn Electronic Circuits with RaspberrySTEM. A complete learning laboratory based on the Raspberry Pi that takes you step-by-step through a series of lessons that teach the basics of electronics.
RSVP via the ROALUG page on Meetup.com
Mark your calendars for the next Roanoke Raspberry Jam coming Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
For the Fall 2015 Raspberry Jam, we'll have new projects and topics to discuss. Bring your favorite Raspberry Pi project for show-and-tell.
Events being planned:
• Monitor your home with a Raspberry Pi – IoT project for temperature and humidity
• New Users Introduction to Raspbian, the OS built specifically for the Raspberry Pi
• Raspberry Pi Show ‘n Tell – Bring your favorite project to share
• Introduction to Programming with Scratch – Roanoke Coder Dojo*
• RaspberrySTEM Creator Kit demonstration
You can register FREE for this event at Eventbrite.
* To RSVP for the Coder DoJo session, register separately here.
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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.
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
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.
Just announced on February 2, 2015 - Raspberry Pi 2 is now available for sale. This new version sports several improvements over the Raspberry Pi model B, including:
Click on over to raspberrypi.org for the news release and video.