Tag Archives: Raspberry Pi

Comparing the Arduino, Raspberry Pi Model 2, and Beaglebone Black

In this video we do a head to head comparison of the Arduino, Raspberry Pi Model 2, and the Beaglebone black. We compare the pros and cons of each platform and discuss how to decide which platform to learn on and which is best for different types of projects.

You can pick up the gear discussed in this video below:

Arduino: This is a great place to start, and the device is very affordable.

Sparkfun Inventor Kit: Everything you need to learn microcontroller programming and circuits. This is the kit we use in our Arduino Lessons, and even includes the Arduino.

Raspberry Pi Kit: This kit has everything you need to follow along on our Raspberry Pi Lessons.

Raspberry Pi: If you already have the cords and cables, you can buy just the Raspberry Pi.

Beaglebone Black: We are not working on a series of lessons showing you how to use the Beaglebone Black. Now would be a good time to go ahead and order your Beagle.

I hope you enjoyed this video lesson, and hope you will jump in and take our lessons on using the Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and the Beaglebone Black

Raspberry Pi LESSON 37: Run a Remote Graphical Desktop From the Raspberry Pi

In earlier lessons we showed you how to remotely login to your Raspberry Pi using the putty SSH program. This is great for many things, but sometimes you would like to have the full Raspberry Pi graphical desktop available from a remote computer. In this lesson we show how to run the Pi Graphical User Interface remotely. The software is TightVNCserver, and it really works great. The video above steps you through installing and running the software.

Raspberry Pi LESSON 36: Operate Your Raspberry Pi in Single Click Mode

I really hate having to double click on icons or programs to get them to open. This lesson is a quick one, but explains how to get your Raspberry Pi to open files, folders and programs with a single click of the mouse. To do this boot the Pi in the Graphical Interface. Then click on the file cabinet icon to get a folder to open. Then under Edit select Preferences. Then check the box that says “Open Files with Single Click”.  Done!

Raspberry Pi LESSON 35: Install a Free Office Like Product on Raspberry Pi

Now that we are booting in the Graphical User Interface on the Raspberry Pi, we can explore some useful applications that will run on the Pi. LibreOffice is a free product that will do many of the things Microsoft Office does. This is a great addition to your Raspberry Pi. You can install this product by going to the terminal window, and at the command prompt on your Raspberry Pi type:

$ sudo apt-get install libreoffice

Now the new software should show up under your menu button. The video above steps you through some of the cool features of the product.

Raspberry Pi LESSON 34: Installing Google Chrome on the Raspberry Pi

There is a version of Google Chrome that will run on the Raspberry Pi. I think it is much better than the default browser that comes on the Pi. The key is that the linux version on the Google Chrome download page will not run on the Pi. To get the version that does work, go to the terminal window and at the Linux command line on your Pi and type:

$ sudo apt-get install chromium

This will take a few minutes but it will install the browser. To find it once you have it installed, look under the menu button, and in the “internet” selection, and you should see “Chromium”. If you right click on it, you can then choose to have it show up on your desktop.

Play around with it, I think it is the best browser for the Pi.

Raspberry Pi LESSON 33: Booting to the Graphical User Interface

If you have been following along in these lessons, we have been operating from the terminal window and the Linux command line. You have learned that you can simply and efficiently do whatever you want from the terminal window. Raspberry Pi does, however have a graphical interface. In this tutorial we show you how to boot in the graphical interface, and then how to find your way around.