Getting started with the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a $35 Linux computer the size of a credit card. I'm running a Minecraft server on one (above photo). In observance of today's holiday, MAKE is running an excerpt from Matt Richardson and Shawn Wallace’s excellent book, Getting Started with Raspberry Pi.

As makers, we have a lot of choices when it comes to platforms on which to build technology-based projects. Lately, microcontroller development boards like the Arduino have been a popular choice because they’ve become very easy to work with. But System on a Chip platforms like the Raspberry Pi are a lot different than traditional microcontrollers in many ways. In fact, the Raspberry Pi has more in common with your computer than it does with an Arduino.

This is not to say that a Raspberry Pi is better than a traditional microcontroller; it’s just different. For instance, if you want to make a basic thermostat, you’re probably better off using an Arduino Uno or similar microcontroller for purposes of simplicity. But if you want to be able to remotely access the thermostat via the web to change its settings and download temperature log files, you should consider using the Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi 101: What is the Pi Anyway?

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  1. But if you want to be able to remotely access the thermostat via the web
    to change its settings and download temperature log files, you should
    consider using the Raspberry Pi.

    Or you could consider a http://beagleboard.org/Products/BeagleBone+Black . I understand what today is and all, but the Beaglebone gets surprisingly little press for how chocked full of awesome it is. It's kind of like a Pi and an Arduino all wrapped up into one. And it is a very capable platform.

    AND: The corners of the board are explicitly rounded so that it'll fit in a mint tin. I mean, how cool is that? Attention to detail!

  2. Are you sure the Raspberry Pi in the picture is running a Minecraft server?

    Looks to me like its actually running...

  3. vanilla minecraft? how does it handle it? i'd spring for one right now if i could keep a vanilla server up just for the hell of it.

  4. Apparently it runs an MC server like this one:
    http://www.spigotmc.org/

    Acceptably for about 5 players

    Never done it, just read about it.

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