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Adafruit Releases Educational Linux Distro For Raspberry Pi 38

Posted by Soulskill
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ptorrone writes "Open-source hardware company Adafruit has released a Linux Raspberry Pi distro for hardware hacking and teaching electronics. This distro comes with SPI, I2C, & OneWire WiFi. It also has some things to make overall hacking easier, such as sshd on startup (with key generation on first boot) and Bonjour (so you can simply ssh raspberrypi.local from any computer on the local network). The distro is called Occidentalis v0.1. Rubus occidentalis (the black raspberry) is derived from Raspbian Wheezy, and is available for download here."
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Adafruit Releases Educational Linux Distro For Raspberry Pi

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  • x0xb0x (Score:4, Interesting)

    by LizardKing (5245) on Friday August 03, 2012 @05:29PM (#40873133)
    Adafruit are great. They produced an enhanced clone of the legendary Roland TB-303 bass synth and sequencer, then open sourced the circuit diagrams. Unlike the dozens of prevous 303 clones, they actually cloned the sequencer which was as essential to the appeal of the machine as the synth section.
    • by Eil (82413)

      Adafruit are great. They produced an enhanced clone of the legendary Roland TB-303 bass synth and sequencer, then open sourced the circuit diagrams.

      Right on! I built three x0xb0xes. Sold two, kept one. Need to get that thing out and work on some more choons...

      Unlike the dozens of prevous 303 clones, they actually cloned the sequencer which was as essential to the appeal of the machine as the synth section.

      It's not fair to call the sequencer a clone. Although similar to the 303's sequencer, the x0xb0x sequen

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I wish they would just recommend the ArchARM image already; the whole Arch philosophy syncs up so well with the Pi. What could they possibly offer that isn't easily "hackable" into a fresh install of just about any distro anyway? They recommend it as a learning tool when the true learning tool is being left with absolutely nothing at install. What teaches you more than leaving your partition table in shambles or getting a little too comfortable with sudo and mixing up the arguments to dd? In the end it doe

  • Looks nice, but it seems the download link (Amazon S3 mirror) isn't working. I keep getting HTTP 403 Forbidden. Try back later I guess.
  • OneWire Wifi? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Timmmm (636430) on Friday August 03, 2012 @06:11PM (#40873499)

    I was wondering what this is. Turns out slashdot/the submitter didn't understand "one wire, and wifi".

  • I love Adafruit. I love my Pi. But how is this news. Its just a slightly modified distro with a couple of extra kernel drivers compiled up. If they'd built them as DEBs then they could have just been dpkged in to wheezy anyway.

    • I actually appreciate it... I have a Pi, but I really don't have the time to sniff out every new distro as it comes along. This one sounds worthy of loading up and trying.

  • by adosch (1397357) on Friday August 03, 2012 @06:19PM (#40873563)

    ...is support for SPI and I2C. I'm hoping they've also applied (and tested) some of the latest kernel patches for GPIO interrupt support for the Pi. Only thing that makes this news for me is that I don't have waste the time side-building my own distro to get all this working (not to mention having a friendly ARM cross compiler, although crosstool helps with that immensely). I've grown really lazy as my years in Linux usage increase. Let the development begin.

    • haha I echo your sentiment sir! I have grown damn lazy over the years and a green fields like the pi has got me cracking my knuckles again.
  • Let me know when I can have one of these delivered next day via amazon, until then I don't care about the PI.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I'll be sure to check that out for you and let you know as soon as that happens. No really. I deparately want you to care. It's important to me and given your level of involvement I can't wait to see what you accomplish with the pi when you do get it. I bet it will be pretty special!

    • by hazem (472289)

      I'd be happy I could get one at all. One of the "suppliers" listed doesn't show "US" on "where are you from". The other, while it shows it can ship to the US, and even says they have them available* at the top of the page, it only shows availability: 0 next to to the "buy" button.

      I suspect when I'm finally able to get one, it will come with Duke Nukem' Forever on the SD card.

    • To be honest It bugs me that there is so much spam on slashdot for the rpi but in all honesty I ordered one 3 days ago with farnell and even if it states that they ship within 5 weeks, I got a mail yesterday that it has been shipped.

      While it is not the same as next day delivery it is certainly not the same situation where you need to wait weeks to get your order delivered.

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