There’s been a lot of attention around the $35 Raspberry Pi computer board. This is the first how-to review I’ve seen. When I find more, I’ll add it below.

Raspberry Pi Review & Initial How-To Setup Guide – TechSpot Reviews.

Update Aug. 1 2012: Android 4.0 is being ported to the Pi.
Update Aug. 3 2012: Adafruit has released a Linux distro for the Pi.

Our distro is based on “Wheezy” but comes with hardware SPI, I2C, one wire, and WiFi support for our wifi adapters. It also has some things to make overall hacking easier such sshd on startup (with key generation on first boot) and Bonjour….

Update Sep. 4, 2012: Yes, es muss sein: the Raspberry Pi Synthesizer Blog (hardware buffs check out The Minterface) … PLUS … Create Digital Music’s article
Raspberry Pi, Your Next $25 Computer Synth? First Hacks Appearing has a lot more links to explore, AND a Pi Synth video!!

Update Nov. 6, 2012: RISC OS has been ported to the RPi. While old (1987) it’s far simpler and smaller (the cooperative multitasking core system fits inside 6MB) and has been updated by volunteers. It’s written for the BBC Micro, so there are tons of programs available (including BASIC). Download free ZIP here… or it can be bought pre-loaded on an SD card. (Related RPi forum post)

Update Mar. 1, 2013: 10 Raspberry Pi creations that show how amazing the tiny PC can be.
The Raspberry Pi: One year since launch, one million sold.
A dozen things to do with a Raspberry Pi.
HTG Guide to getting started with RasPi.

Update Mar. 18, 2013: Slashdot RasPi review and comments. Comments includes optional sources, difficulties, and much more.

Update Apr. 2, 2013: Here’s an example of an automated MIDI and light controller project: RasPi sends MIDI data to the TiMidity file  sequencer and to GPIO-controlled Xmas lights: Raspberry Pi Lights: how to sync Christmas lights to midi audio.
Too complex? Here’s video of a setup that plays MIDI without an operating system. Yes: that means this RPi is generating the sound as well. Author-shared software.
Here’s Silicon Stuff‘s simple hardware/settings needed to get MIDI into and out of the RPi’s UART. SS also points us to a ttymidi program that “allows external serial devices to interface with ALSA MIDI applications.” Oops! no excuses now!

Update Apr. 8, 2013: Computer Vision blog has added a bunch of posts about  using Linux to configure the Raspi lately. E.g. moving user Home directory off SD to a hard drive.

Update May 21, 2013: A $35 RasPi media center.

(Original posted- May 6 2012)

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