Just Enough Raspberry Pi
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Just Enough Raspberry Pi

About the Book

Just Enough Raspberry Pi...

... to be dangerous.

If you've heard about the Raspberry Pi you may know that it provides a fantastic method to learn about using a computer and to develop some skills that go beyond the basics. 

What sort of things will we learn?

Good question! 

  • What sort of versions of the Raspberry Pi are there?
  • What hardware do I need to get it up and going?
  • What sort of operating systems are there and how do we install them?
  • How do I do [Insert any number of cool things]?

Whatever the reason, hopefully you can find the answer here.

Is this book for you?

It's not written for experts. It's put together as a guide to get you started if you're unsure about how to make the first move with a Raspberry Pi.

Why is Just Enough Raspberry Pi being written?

Because in the process of learning things, it's a great way to remember them if you write them down :-).

Writing about how to do cool stuff with computers means that we're accumulating ways to help ourselves out when the going gets tricky. Making a book out of the information is a no-brainer since that way more people benefit from the process.

The awesome that is Leanpub.

The book has some information in it, but there's still a bit more to come. Publishing using Leanpub will allow readers to get easy notification of when updates and improvements are made.


So we hope you get something out of the book, please excuse the sometimes light-hearted conversational manner in which we approach the topic and enjoy the Raspberry Pi!

About the Author

Malcolm Maclean
Malcolm Maclean

I have a passion for knowledge and I realise that part of the responsibility of gathering knowledge is being able to advance the state of the human condition in some way.

My aims using the Raspberry Pi, Linux and in writing this book were to play with software and hardware, achieve a personal goal and try something new for fun.

The way I explain things is focussed on trying to impart that understanding in a simple but functional way.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter (@d3noob), I find it a great service to get alerted to what's going on.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Welcome!
    • What are we trying to do?
    • Who is this book for?
    • Where can I get more information?
  • The History of the Raspberry Pi
  • Raspberry Pi Versions
    • Version Comparison
    • Raspberry Pi Zero
      • USB Port
      • Video Out
      • USB Power Input Jack
      • MicroSD Flash Memory Card Slot
      • MIPI Camera Interface
      • Stereo and Composite Video Output
      • 40 Pin Header
    • Raspberry Pi A+
      • USB Port
      • Video Out
      • USB Power Input Jack
      • MicroSD Flash Memory Card Slot
      • Stereo and Composite Video Output
      • 40 Pin Header
    • Raspberry Pi B
      • USB Ports
      • HDMI Video Out
      • Composite Video Out
      • Ethernet Network Connection
      • USB Power Input Jack
      • SD Flash Memory Card Slot
      • Audio Output
      • 26 Pin Header
    • Raspberry Pi B+, 2 B and 3 B
      • USB Ports
      • Video Out
      • Ethernet Network Connection
      • USB Power Input Jack
      • MicroSD Flash Memory Card Slot
      • Stereo and Composite Video Output
      • 40 Pin Header
    • Raspberry Pi B 4
      • USB Ports
      • Video Out
      • Ethernet Network Connection
      • USB-C Power Input Jack
      • MicroSD Flash Memory Card Slot
      • Stereo and Composite Video Output
      • 40 Pin Header
    • SD Card
    • Keyboard / Mouse
    • Video
    • Network
    • Power supply
    • Cases
  • Operating Systems
    • Sourcing and Setting Up
      • Downloading
      • Writing the Operating System image to the SD Card
    • Welcome to Raspbian (Debian Wheezy / Jessie)
      • Downloading
      • Installing Raspbian
      • The ‘Jessie Lite’ Command Line interface
      • GUI Desktop
    • Welcome to OpenELEC
      • Downloading
      • Installing OpenELEC
    • Welcome to Ubuntu
      • Downloading
      • Installing Ubuntu
  • Power Up the Pi
    • Static IP Address
      • The Netmask
      • Distinguish Dynamic from Static
      • Default Gateway
      • For Wheezy Edit the interfaces file
      • For Jessie Edit the dhcpcd.conf file
    • Remote access
      • Remote access via RealVNC
      • Remote access via SSH
    • Setting up a WiFi Network Connection
      • Instructions for Using Wheezy
      • Instructions for Using Jessie
      • Make the changes operative
    • External USB Storage
      • Preparing our storage
      • Mounting the drive
      • Auto-mounting on boot
    • Reconnecting to the network automatically
      • Let’s write a script
      • Lets run our script on a regular schedule
      • Let’s test it
    • Checking Operating System and Hardware
      • Operating System
      • Hardware
    • Configuring the Pi Zero W to work from scratch without a monitor
      • Get standard image
      • Configure the card
    • Turn the activity light on or off
      • Cut to the chase and just do it
      • The explanation of how it works
    • The Commands
      • apt-get
      • chmod
      • chown
      • fdisk
      • ifconfig
      • ls
      • mkdir

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