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Tue Feb 5, 2019, 11:07 PM

Lets Talk Raspberry Pi!

Anyone own one? What do you use it for?

I've had a few of them for a while now. I use one as a host for my SDR (Software Defined Radio). I also have a Pi based Kano, which is a "computer" kids can build that offers guided lessons on how to code (please leave the politics out of it).

The reason I thought of starting the thread is I laid down for a bit this afternoon and ended up sleeping for about 4 hours, which means I will be up half the night. I decided I needed something to do to kill time, so I am starting from scratch with one of them.

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Reply Lets Talk Raspberry Pi! (Original post)
Currentsitguy Feb 5 OP
CornFed Feb 5 #1
Currentsitguy Feb 7 #7
CornFed Feb 7 #11
TM999 Feb 8 #13
WhiskeyMakesMeHappy Feb 5 #2
Currentsitguy Feb 5 #3
CokeMachine1 Feb 6 #4
Currentsitguy Feb 7 #8
TM999 Feb 6 #5
Currentsitguy Feb 7 #9
TM999 Feb 8 #12
Currentsitguy Feb 8 #14
TM999 Feb 8 #15
Currentsitguy Feb 8 #16
TM999 Feb 8 #17
Currentsitguy Feb 8 #18
Butchie_T Feb 6 #6
Currentsitguy Feb 7 #10
wonderwarthog Sunday #19
wonderwarthog Sunday #20
Currentsitguy Sunday #21
wonderwarthog Sunday #22
mvp73 18 hrs ago #23

Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 11:32 PM

1. I own one, which is currently serving as a "Pi Hole"

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Response to CornFed (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:12 PM

7. What OS are you running? Rasperian?

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Response to CornFed (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 05:27 AM

13. I hadn't heard of this one.

Wow, that is sweet. I am going to set one of these up. Thanks for mentioning it.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 11:46 PM

2. Don't people use those to emulate vintage video games?

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Response to WhiskeyMakesMeHappy (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 11:51 PM

3. They can

Google M.A.M.E.

You can have pretty much every game of your youth for free.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 12:27 AM

4. I have 3.

3B+ (2) and a B+. Two I use to remotely control my 3-D printers and monitor the print jobs while I'm away. The other I plan to make a retro game box. I picked up a couple of boxes full of sensors, controllers, cameras, bread boards and assorted other stuff. An Arduino was even in one of the boxes. Not sure what I'll do with all of that stuff but something will come up.

It's cool that that little board can hook up to a large TV for internet access, steaming and just about anything you use the internet for.

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Response to CokeMachine1 (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:13 PM

8. Ever consider a ground up home automation system?

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 05:38 AM

5. I was a supporter from the very beginning.

I have probably got close to a dozen running around here.

Most recently I had a RetroPi setup but my Nvidia Shield is now more powerful and user friendly. I will re-purpose it for something. One of the others I am using with a HiFiBerry setup that should meet more of my digital audio needs.

I have given away at least three to my grandkids and my nephews.

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Response to TM999 (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:14 PM

9. Have you stepped outside of the RRasperian OS environment at all?

Screwing around with Ubuntu MATE right now.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 05:22 AM

12. Yes, definitely.

I have used RiscOS, Rokos for Bitcoin mining, Volumio I am experimenting with for digital music playback, CentOS, and recently, given the number of units I have here, I am exploring Hypriot for Docker containers on a cluster of boards.

I found MATE a little bit heavy GUI wise but I also prefer XFCE on my Linux distro's so it is definitely personal choice.

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Response to TM999 (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 11:55 AM

14. Running Linutop now, that has an XCFE environment

It boots and runs extremely quickly. It may just be the ticket.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:15 PM

15. Yeah, I like Linutop.

I cut my teeth on Red Hat so I tend to gravitate towards it, Fedora, and CentOS over the Debian derivatives. Linutop's main problem for me is that it is based on 14.04 LTS and that is end of life this spring. I have the same problem with GalliumOS on Chromebook's as it is a generation behind.

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Response to TM999 (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:27 PM

16. I'm open to using non-Debian based alternatives

Really just looking for something relatively fast without a lot of flashy GUI overhead. It doesn't need to be pretty, it just needs to work.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #16)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 02:01 PM

17. It is a little more sweat intensive to set up

but Arch can be optimized to be fast and secure. Then throw XFCE on top, and that might fit your needs quite well.

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Response to TM999 (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 02:04 PM

18. I'll give it a shot next.

Evaluating a bunch to see what fits.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 08:00 AM

6. I have a 3b and 2-3b+ units

Using them as syslog and radius/tacacs+ servers.

I’m still looking for a pi program that will generate network traffic so I can do QoS testing but have not come across a program yet. Thinking of putting Kali Linux on one and use it for pen testing.

Somewhere along the way I blew out the ethernet ports on two of them. Not even sure how but dongles work ok.

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Response to Butchie_T (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:15 PM

10. I have a few eye-fi dongles laying around

always good when something goes sideways.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Reply #20)

Sun Feb 17, 2019, 04:32 PM

21. To answer your deleted question

It's basically a single board computer designed with tinkering in mind. It's completely open source and it runs on a ARM processor, so essentially the same as a cell phone. There have been numerous builds of Linux compiled for it. There have also been some other OS's written or ported. They can be had for as little as about $30, and complete kits with a small case and cables are in to $50 range. It's not exactly powerful, but even in day to day use is more than enough for web surfing and 1080p video playback. I'm still tinkering with the SDR server, but I have found other uses as well. I can see one of these acting as a web server or a home media server. Some dudes in Italy built a complete replica of the Mars Prosperity rover that is controlled by one. The possibilities are really endless. I think it is the ultimate gift to give to a kid you'd like to encourage to get into STEM. There is actually a kit by a company called Kano that sells three versions for kids where they can build their own computer, tablet, or laptop around one which then uses step by step lessons to teach them to code.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #21)

Sun Feb 17, 2019, 09:00 PM

22. Thanks for answering my deleted question


and thanks for the info.

Sounds worth looking into more!


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