Saturday, September 28, 2013

New Raspbian and New Out Of Box Software (NOOBS) released

A new Raspbian release, which integrates a number of recent improvements. Along with kernel and firmware updates, highlights include:
  • Sonic Pi is preinstalled so you can jump right in to learning to program while creating your own music.
  • Significant performance improvements to Scratch thanks to Tim Rowledge and Ben Avison.
  • A build of PyPy 2.1 is now included to allow you to try out this high performance Python JIT compiler.
  • Python libraries required for interfacing with Pi-Face are preinstalled. Once you enable the SPI kernel module in raspi-config you can leap right in.
  • The Oracle JDK is preinstalled
Due to the addition of Java, the standalone SD card image now requires at least a 4GB SD card.

And also, NOOBS v1.3 has also been released. Highlights include:
  • The ability to install multiple OSes on a single card.
  • Support for network installation of OSes from our repository.
  • Multiple “flavours” of Raspbian, including the ability to boot directly into Scratch.
  • Improved integration of language, keyboard and display settings between NOOBS and guest operating systems.

Source: New Raspbian release, and NOOBS v1.3 goes gold

Download: New Out Of Box Software

Oracle Java 7 JDK on Raspberry Pi added to official repository

Oracle Java 7 JDK on Raspberry Pi added to official repository.

All future Raspbian images will ship with Oracle Java by default; existing users can install it by typing:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-jdk

Source: Oracle Java on Raspberry Pi

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

DukePad - DIY tablet computer based on the Raspberry PI and JavaSE Embedded 8

The DukePad is a Do-It-Yourself, make-at-home tablet computer based on the Raspberry PI and JavaSE Embedded 8. The plans and instructions for building the DukePad are available here. The software on the DukePad uses Raspbian Linux as the operating system, and an OSGi-based JavaFX environment. Within this DukePad environment, apps are simple JavaFX OSGi Modules.

DukePad
DukePad
The DukePad is not a product, it is an open source, freely available set of plans and software for assembling your own tablet using off the shelf components. As such, the quality of the DukePad software environment is demo-quality. The code is hosted in the OpenJFX repositories under apps/experiments/DukePad.

- DukePad Guide.



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Coder: A simple way to make web stuff on Raspberry Pi

A simple way to make web stuff on Raspberry Pi. Coder is a free, open source project that turns a Raspberry Pi into a simple platform that educators and parents can use to teach the basics of building for the web. New coders can craft small projects in HTML, CSS, and Javascript, right from the web browser.


A little experiment from a couple of us at Google. Coder is a free piece of open source software that turns a Raspberry Pi into a simple, lightweight beginner-friendly place to build real stuff for the web. Learn more at goo.gl/coder

Friday, September 13, 2013

Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents

Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents
Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents
Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents: Turn your Raspberry Pi into your very own secret agent toolbox with this set of exciting projects!
Overview
  • Detect an intruder on camera and set off an alarm
  • Listen in or record conversations from a distance
  • Find out what the other computers on your network are up to
  • Unleash your Raspberry Pi on the world
In Detail
Ever wished you could play around with all the neat gadgets your favorite spies use (like James Bond or Michael Westen)? With the introduction of the remarkable Raspberry Pi and a few USB accessories, anybody can now join in on the action.
Discover how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a multipurpose secret agent tool! Through a series of fun, easy-to-follow projects you’ll learn how to set up audio/video surveillance, explore your Wi-Fi network, play pranks on your friends, and even learn how to free your Raspberry Pi from the constraints of the wall socket.
Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents starts out with the initial setup of your Raspberry Pi, guides you through a number of pranks and secret agent techniques, and then shows you how to apply what you’ve learned out in the real world.
Learn how to configure your operating system for maximum mischief and start exploring the audio, video, and Wi-Fi projects. Learn how to record, listen, or talk to people from a distance and how to distort your voice. You can even plug in your webcam and set up a motion detector with an alarm, or find out what the other computers on your Wi-Fi network are up to. Once you’ve mastered the techniques, combine them with a battery pack and GPS for the ultimate off-road spy kit.
What you will learn from this book
  • Install and configure Raspbian OS for maximum mischief
  • Schedule a prank to happen when your foe least expects it
  • Listen in or talk to people from a distance
  • Detect an intruder with motion detection and set off an alarm
  • Distort your voice in weird and wonderful ways
  • Push unexpected images into browser windows
  • Knock all visitors off your Wi-Fi network
  • Control the Pi with your smartphone
  • Keep your data secret with encryption
Approach
A playful, informal approach to using the Raspberry Pi for mischief!
Who this book is written for
Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents is for all mischievous Raspberry Pi owners who’d like to see their computer transform into a neat spy gadget to be used in a series of practical pranks and projects. No previous skills are required to follow along and if you’re completely new to Linux, you’ll pick up much of the basics for free.
Apart from the Raspberry Pi board itself, a USB microphone and/or a webcam is required for most of the audio/video topics and a Wi-Fi dongle is recommended for the networking examples. A Windows/Mac OS X/Linux computer (or second Raspberry Pi) is also recommended for remote network access.