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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Making The World a Better Place One High Tech Project at a Time. Enjoy!