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Raspberry Pi For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-55421-0
432 pages
April 2013
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Embrace the exciting new technology of Raspberry Pi!

With the invention of the unique credit-card sized single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi, comes a new wave of hardware geeks, hackers, and hobbyists who are excited about the possibilities of the Raspberry Pi, and this is the perfect guide to get you started in this exhilarating new arena. With this fun and friendly book, you'll quickly discover why the supply for the Pi cannot keep up with the demand! Veteran tech authors Sean McManus and Mike Cook show you how to download and install the operating system, use the installed applications, and much more.

  • Covers connecting the Pi to other devices such as a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and more
  • Teaches you basic Linux System Admin
  • Walks you through editing images, creating web pages, and playing music
  • Details how to program with Scratch and Python
  • Explores creating simple hardware projects

Raspberry Pi For Dummies makes computing as easy as pie.

Now discover the history of Raspberry Pi!

The Raspberry Pi sold a million units in its first year, and came from a previously unknown organisation, The Raspberry Pi Foundation. If you’ve ever wondered how it came into being, and what inspired its creation, Sean McManus, co-author of Raspberry Pi For Dummies, has the answer. He has set up a section on his website to share bonus content, which includes a short history of the Raspberry Pi. At Sean’s website, you can also read reviews of the book, see videos of its projects, and read several exclusive blog posts about the Raspberry Pi and its community.

Visit Sean’s homepage for Raspberry Pi For Dummies here!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi 7

Chapter 1: Introducing the Raspberry Pi 9

Chapter 2: Downloading the Operating System 19

Chapter 3: Connecting Your Raspberry Pi 31

Part II: Getting Started with Linux 43

Chapter 4: Using the Desktop Environment 45

Chapter 5: Using the Linux Shell 71

Part III: Using the Raspberry Pi for Both Work and Play 107

Chapter 6: Being Productive with the Raspberry Pi 109

Chapter 7: Editing Photos on the Raspberry Pi with GIMP 121

Chapter 8: Building Your First Website with the Raspberry Pi 131

Chapter 9: Playing Audio and Video on the Raspberry Pi 159

Part IV: Programming the Raspberry Pi 171

Chapter 10: Introducing Programming with Scratch 173

Chapter 11: Programming an Arcade Game Using Scratch 189

Chapter 12: Writing Programs in Python 211

Chapter 13: Creating a Game with Python and Pygame 241

Part V: Exploring Electronics with the Raspberry Pi 259

Chapter 14: Understanding Circuits and Soldering 261

Chapter 15: Making Your First Project with the Raspberry Pi 281

Chapter 16: Putting the Raspberry Pi in Control 313

Chapter 17: The Raspberry Pi in an Analog World 337

Part VI: The Part of Tens 359

Chapter 18: Ten Great Software Packages for the Raspberry Pi 361

Chapter 19: Ten Inspiring Projects for the Raspberry Pi 371

Appendix A: Troubleshooting and Configuring the Raspberry Pi 377

Appendix B: The GPIO on the Raspberry Pi 391

Index 393

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Author Information

Sean McManus (Uxbridge, UK) is a technology and business author. His books include Microsoft Office for the Older and Wiser, Social Networking for the Older and Wiser, iPad for the Older and Wiser, Small Business WebsitesThat Work (Prentice Hall) and the co-authored Customer Service Pocketbook. As a journalist, Sean was a staff writer at Internet Magazine and has written tutorials and articles for Internet Works, Business 2.0, and Start and Run Your Business. With the introduction of his own blog and website, Sean shares his expertise further, providing readers with exclusive reviews and tips. Visit: http://www.sean.co.uk/books/raspberry-pi-for-dummies/index.shtm
 
Mike Cook (Manchester, UK) is a veteran tech author and a freelance consultant for all things to do with Physical Computing.

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