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New $5 Raspberry Pi computer

From: Phil Shapiro 

In case you haven't heard yet... 




Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

ascii terminal

From: Joe Freeman 
Anyone have a good ascii terminal that does at least vt100? I got asked the
other to find one for one of our data centers.

At first glance I thought a simple raspberry pi with an HDMI monitor, usb
keyboard, and usb-serial adapter would be fine. I haven't had much luck
finding an HDMI monitor that's under $100, which puts the whole thing
around $160-175.

I've not used any of the thin client terminals before but I had the thought
that if I could find one that has a vt mode in firmware, that might be
cheaper in the long run.

Anyone have any thoughts?

I think the idea is this think gets mounted to a pole cart thing - 2" pole
with four wheels that customers can push around to their racks so that
we're not constantly having to loan out laptops and what not when customers
forget that that switch or router they need to tweak doesn't have a
keyboard port.


Raspberry Pi LTSP - this looks delightful

From: DaWorm 
On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM, Phil Shapiro  wrote:

>     This might make for an interesting demo on the 4th Floor of the Chatt
> library sometime.
>     This LTSP solution is going to work particularly nicely with the new
> Raspberry Pi 2.
One would think in their "What is Raspi-LTSP" they might have mentioned
just what LTSP means.   They just assumed everyone would know, I guess.
 (Never having used that sort of functionality, I had to look it up.  Dumb


Raspberry Pi 2 in stock?

From: Bret McHone 
Looks like these guys are showing the Raspberry Pi 2 in stock.

I won't be able to place my order until this evening to verify, but it
shows in stock.


ARM arch servers

From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" 
Has anyone here had tha opportunity to use the ARM architecture servers
that were specifically designed as servers?

Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone and such are out of scope of my query.

I just wanted to get some information on your impressions of them. I'm
really intrigued, and have bookmarked several companies that are offering
dev kits with ARM architecture servers in the $1500 range.


" 'With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the
first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all
irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and
warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we=E2=80=99re al=
damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG
episode "The Drumhead"
- Alex Smith
- Huntsville, Alabama metropolitan area USA

Raspberry Pi 2 - Now with Windows 10!

From: Phil Sieg 

I think it is a win!

Just wish there was a 2GB and 4GB ram version=E2=80=A6

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"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. =
It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

> On Feb 2, 2015, at 11:59 AM, Chad Smith  wrote:
> =

> =46rom the announcement:
> Let's get the good stuff out of the way above the fold. Raspberry Pi 2 =
is now on sale for $35 (the same price as the existing Model B+), =
> A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance)
> 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory)
> Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1
> Because it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM =
GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as =
Microsoft Windows 10.
> Microsoft has said that in the next few months, they are going to =
introduce a *Free* version of Windows 10 designed to work on the =
Raspberry Pi 2.
> =

> What do you guys think?
> - Chad W. Smith

So how does the Banna Pi stack up?

From: Rod-Lists 

Raspberry Pi dominates news stories

From: Phil Shapiro 
Check out this Wired UK news story. 

If you know any young women coders, they can follow this young women 
on Twitter. (Young men could learn a lot from her, too.)

raspberry pi & Dstar

From: Rod-Lists 
Anyone out there working with dstar on Raspberry pi?
What software does it need?

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a live HDTV transmitter

From: Rod-Lists 
Experimenter uses a raspberry pi and a transceiver on a usb dongle to transmit HDTV.

just what I need, another toy

From: Ed King 
I loves me some banana

Micro Computers / Displays - No fooling!

From: Chad Smith 
I found a couple of projects on Kickstarter that might interest some people
on here.

See what your Arduino is thinking

The MicroView is the first chip-sized Arduino compatible that lets you see
what your Arduino is thinking using a built-in OLED display.

A Touchscreen for your Raspberry Pi

PiScreen: A 3.5" TFT with touchscreen for the Raspberry Pi - All the
hardware needed to add a 3.5" TFT (480x320) with touchscreen control to
your Raspberry Pi, never need a monitor again!

And a bonus - wearable computing

MetaWear: Production Ready Wearables in 30 Minutes or Less!

A tiny ARM+Bluetooth LE Platform for developing Wearable products (and
more) that are certified and ready to ship to customers.

I haven't backed any of these yet, but I am seriously considering the first

*- Chad W. Smith*

Code with Your Kids (from the United Kingdom)

From: Phil Shapiro 

This looks promising, from the same land that gave us Isaac Newton and the Raspberry Pi. 
phil -- 

Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Raspberried.. W. Africa Linux.

From: Mike Harrison 

I bought two Raspberry Pi (B) ultimate kits this week..
Was impressed. now I gotta buy a third for myself just for fun.

One of them is going back to Benin W. Africa with Idriss,
whom, since I intro'd him to Linux almost two years ago
has become quite the Linux driven asset where he works.

His first Pi project is to use it to control some farm equipment 
(irrigation valves is the first step) for a family farm.

We often forget how technology can be used to address fundemental needs 
and how empowering flexible low cost open systems can be.


Mesh wireless with RaspberryPi?

From: Bret McHone 
Has anyone tried anything like this? I'm curious how it works.


Dr. D., DC423 and QuadCoptor

From: Mike Harrison 

Went to the meeting last night, saw an interesting presentation 
by  Stephen Hilt about a "leach" embedded controller he had built..
learned about "dronecell" a neat little GSM/GPRS module..added to a 
Raspberry Pi made an interesting useful remote device. Very small.

And Dr. D. kept playing with a nice little micro quadcopter... which I 
want to know which make/model that was because I need a cat tormenting 

Intel announces Edison at CES

From: Phil Shapiro 

From Ars Technica - a Linux computer the size of an SD card=20

" The executive also touted Intel=E2=80=99s new Edison chip, which appears =
to be a more sophisticated answer to the Raspberry Pi=E2=80=94it=E2=80=99s =
a 22nm dual core chip with built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and ultra low power in=
 the size of an SD card. Edison, Krzanich said, will be available in mid-20=
14. The idea, so far, seems to be to integrate this chip into various small=
 devices, such as a smart baby blanket, bottle warmer, and other similar de=
vices. Intel did not yet release much in the way of technical specification=
s, price, or availability.=20

In addition to showing off this next wave of tech, Intel announced a contes=
t to encourage others to create similar (and hopefully better) devices. Say=
ing the company "didn't want to limit Edison to what we could think of," Kr=
zanich invited people from across the globe to participate in Intel's Make =
It Wearable contest. The basics are that the company will put forth $1.3 mi=
llion in prizes for potential Edison implementations, and the Top 10 conten=
ders will get connected with industry professionals to bring the winning pr=
oduct ideas to market. Intel has not yet revealed official contest details =
such as deadlines and rules."=20


Phil Shapiro,

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates=20
"Learning happens thru gentleness."=20

Packt computer programming ebooks for $5 (Christmas special)

From: Phil Shapiro 

This is a lovely holiday surprise for geeks. 

Scratch 1.4 Beginner's Guidebook - $5 ebook offer. Reviewed at

Raspberry Pi on track to sell more units than Apple II computers

From: Phil Shapiro 

The Raspberry Pi has sold almost 2 million units. It looks like it's on track to sell more units than the venerable Apple II. When I was an Apple II software developer in the early 1990's, I recall Apple advertising that 6 million Apple II's had been sold. 

If anyone in the LUG is so inclined, it would be interesting to create side by side comparison charts on the approximate sales growth curve for these two computers. It took Apple 16 years to sell 6 million Apple II's. Raspberry Pi Foundation might achieve that goal in 4 years (or less). 

Linux is unstoppable. #unstoppable 



Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Road Server Project

From: Mike Harrison 

Nancy and I bought a new RV yesterday, the next project will be turning
a netbook/notebook into an access device and server.

My goal is that it'd provide a consistent Wifi interface and network 
inside of the RV for a tablet/phone and a couple of laptops.
I've been collecting gear including a high range wifi antenna (a 
directional and an omni) - the goal is to merge a combination of WiFi
that I can suck (legally and with permission) and one (or more)
cell uplinks.

I've done some googling, and found some commercial "all in one" boxes for 
this, but me, being me, would love to roll my own on Linux.

My questions for the group:

   Am I insane? (probably)

   Is this a Raspberry Pi-ish project (That might be fun)

   Anyone seen any magic for managing multiple changing upstream 
connections or am I having fun with iptables and routeing commands via 
some perl scripts (which I know how to do..)?  It's been a while since I 
did these types of things.


Mike Harrison  cell: 423.605.6943