Embrace the exciting new technology of Raspberry Pi! With the invention of the unique credit-card sized single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi, comes a new wave of hardware geeks, hackers, and hobbyists who are excited about the possibilities of the Raspberry Pi, and this is the perfect guide to get you started in this exhilarating new arena. With this fun and friendly book, you'll quickly discover why the supply for the Pi cannot keep up with the demand! Veteran tech authors Sean McManus and Mike Cook show you how to download and install the operating system, use the installed applications, and much more. Covers connecting the Pi to other devices such as a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and more Teaches you basic Linux System Admin Walks you through editing images, creating web pages, and playing music Details how to program with Scratch and Python Explores creating simple hardware projects Raspberry Pi For Dummies makes computing as easy as pie. Now discover the history of Raspberry Pi! The Raspberry Pi sold a million units in its first year, and came from a previously unknown organisation, The Raspberry Pi Foundation. If you’ve ever wondered how it came into being, and what inspired its creation, Sean McManus, co-author of Raspberry Pi For Dummies, has the answer. He has set up a section on his website to share bonus content, which includes a short history of the Raspberry Pi. At Sean’s website, you can also read reviews of the book, see videos of its projects, and read several exclusive blog posts about the Raspberry Pi and its community. Visit Sean’s homepage for Raspberry Pi For Dummies here!
Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi 7 Chapter 1: Introducing the Raspberry Pi 9 Chapter 2: Downloading the Operating System 19 Chapter 3: Connecting Your Raspberry Pi 31 Part II: Getting Started with Linux 43 Chapter 4: Using the Desktop Environment 45 Chapter 5: Using the Linux Shell 71 Part III: Using the Raspberry Pi for Both Work and Play 107 Chapter 6: Being Productive with the Raspberry Pi 109 Chapter 7: Editing Photos on the Raspberry Pi with GIMP 121 Chapter 8: Building Your First Website with the Raspberry Pi 131 Chapter 9: Playing Audio and Video on the Raspberry Pi 159 Part IV: Programming the Raspberry Pi 171 Chapter 10: Introducing Programming with Scratch 173 Chapter 11: Programming an Arcade Game Using Scratch 189 Chapter 12: Writing Programs in Python 211 Chapter 13: Creating a Game with Python and Pygame 241 Part V: Exploring Electronics with the Raspberry Pi 259 Chapter 14: Understanding Circuits and Soldering 261 Chapter 15: Making Your First Project with the Raspberry Pi 281 Chapter 16: Putting the Raspberry Pi in Control 313 Chapter 17: The Raspberry Pi in an Analog World 337 Part VI: The Part of Tens 359 Chapter 18: Ten Great Software Packages for the Raspberry Pi 361 Chapter 19: Ten Inspiring Projects for the Raspberry Pi 371 Appendix A: Troubleshooting and Configuring the Raspberry Pi 377 Appendix B: The GPIO on the Raspberry Pi 391 Index 393
Sean McManus (Uxbridge, UK) is a technology and business author. His books include Microsoft Office for the Older and Wiser, Social Networking for the Older and Wiser, iPad for the Older and Wiser, Small Business WebsitesThat Work (Prentice Hall) and the co-authored Customer Service Pocketbook. As a journalist, Sean was a staff writer at Internet Magazine and has written tutorials and articles for Internet Works, Business 2.0, and Start and Run Your Business. With the introduction of his own blog and website, Sean shares his expertise further, providing readers with exclusive reviews and tips. Visit: http://www.sean.co.uk/books/raspberry-pi-for-dummies/index.shtm Mike Cook (Manchester, UK) is a veteran tech author and a freelance consultant for all things to do with Physical Computing.
Learn to: Connect the Raspberry Pi and install the OS Get productive with word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and images Learn simple programming with Scratch and Python Create electronics projects connected to the Raspberry Pi's GPIO port Join the Raspberry Revolution and start having fun with your Raspberry Pi — today! As small as a credit card and ultra-affordable, the Raspberry Pi packs plenty of power into a pocket-size computer. But getting the hang of the Raspberry Pi can be tricky. For Dummies is here to help. You'll discover how to use your Raspberry Pi to work and play, edit photos, watch videos, and even craft your own programs! No programming experience? No problem. This friendly guide makes mastering this cool, compact computer as easy as pie. Ready, set, go — download the operating system software, hook everything up, and configure your Raspberry Pi You'll love Linux — find your way around the Linux shell, make the most of its desktop environment, and use it to manage your new computer Have a little fun — play videos, listen to your favorite music, create documents, and even build a brilliant website The Pi's the limit — create your own software with Scratch and Python programming Conquer the world — master Raspberry Pi electronics in no time — from soldering your own circuits to creating games, musical instruments, and interfaces Open the book and find: How to download and install Raspbian, the Raspberry Pi OS Help connecting a keyboard, mouse, and monitor Tips on editing images and creating web pages How to play music and videos on your Raspberry Pi Advice on finding and installing free software How to create your own arcade games and animations Exciting electronics projects to try out your skills
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