[Chugalug] Raspberry Pi, and how to start X automatically

James Nylen jnylen at gmail.com
Mon Oct 22 18:11:13 UTC 2012

Thanks for the tips.  I don't have much experience in this area so I will
probably be back to ask more questions.

My plan was to have a simple web server running on Arduino which would just
accept basic commands over HTTP or some simpler protocol.  Someone's
already written the web server code (https://github.com/sirleech/Webduino).
 Anything more rich (like presenting a web front-end) would be handled by a
program running on a real computer with a real web server.  I should have
said LAN-enabled instead of internet-enabled.

So I would either have to:

1) Buy an Arduino + Ethernet shield, and connect sensors to it

2) Buy a RPi + some kind of add-on board for connecting sensors (as far as
I can tell, several are in development, but Arduino is a more mature
platform for connecting stuff to the real world)

The fact that I would still have to buy an add-on board for RPi seems to be
a good argument in favor of using Arduino.

Is any of that wrong?  Is that a good approach, or would you still say to
use a RPi?

On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 10:22 AM, Dan Lyke <danlyke at flutterby.com> wrote:

> On Sun, 21 Oct 2012 23:13:31 -0400
> James Nylen <jnylen at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I have lots of stuff I'd like to do with small Internet-enabled
> > devices too.  I think RPi is overkill for most of them though.
> Yeah, probably, but consider the problem of prototyping: Unless
> you're building your own hardware, a Raspberry Pi is not substantially
> more expensive than an Arduino. So the question is: Which is easier
> to turn into a full-featured web device?
> Sure, you can play around with an EtherShield and a tiny TCP/IP stack
> web and create a little web server in C that carefully manages limited
> flash avaoilable on an 8 bit embedded device. And this is a great
> strategy if you get to amortize your development costs over a couple
> of thousand or tens of thousands of devices.
> But a full on ARM device with Linux and an SD card lets you build your
> web server with Perl, not worry about squeezing out the unused bits of
> jQuery, and so forth.
> If you were building that sous vide cooker for the mass market? Start
> with Arduino and spend a bunch of money getting your parts cost down.
> If you're building it for you? Then we get to...
> > I'm leaning towards Arduino for those things, but I need to do more
> > research and find the time.
> "find the time". Exactly. This is why I won't look askance at anyone
> who decides a Raspberry Pi makes a great Christmas Tree sequencer (to
> take a project I built from laying out my own board a few years ago
> as an example).
> Dan
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