CCCooonnnttteeennntttsss A YEAR OF THE MAGPI 4 Liz Upton writes aboutthe firstyearofThe MagPi BEGINNERS GUIDE 6 Where can I gethelp? THIS MONTH'S EVENTS GUIDE 9 Malawi, Swansea, Tokyo and Norwich SWEETBOX II 190 Howto make acase forthe RaspberryPi in 314 steps RASPBERRY PI OPERATING SYSTEMS 12 Abreakdown ofthe various operating systems available forthe Pi STAR LETTER 16 Anote ofthanks from the ZXgeneration PRINTING WITH CUPS 2 18 Printing from aPython program AN INTERVIEW WITH PETE LOMAS 20 Sharing his thoughts on RaspberryPi design challenges and the future MAKING MUSIC WITH SCHISM 26 Programming melodies COMPETITION 30 Abirthdayissue bonanzaofgoodies to be won, worth over£1,000! BASH GAFFER TAPE 32 Embedding textand programs SCRATCH PATCH 34 Use encryption to code and decode messages FEEDBACK 39 Have yoursayaboutThe MagPi Cover photo plus photo on page 20 by Dean Smith, Camera Crew.
A Year of The MagPi Looking back at the first year Liz Upton of The MagPi with Liz Upton The Raspberry Pi Foundation Last March, an email came through to my Raspberry Pi You’re working on a month-long treadmill that never stops Foundation address from someone calling himself moving. You’re corralling a million different contributors, Jaseman. He and a group of volunteers had been working none of whom take your deadline seriously; you’re on a monthly Raspberry Pi-themed magazine, and they ensuring that everything gets proof-read by three different wereintending togiveawayelectroniccopiesforfree. sets of eyes before going to press and trying to remember where the accents go in Antonín Dvořák; you’re hoping that There had been chatter on the Raspberry Pi forums about your advertising department manages to raise enough what a nice idea a monthly magazine, produced by Pi money this month to keep you alive for another cycle; users, would be; a sort of you’re chatting up the return to the old days of "I can’t imagine production department on the off reviews, listings and hardware chance that they’ll be able to projects that some of us doing all this create a bit more space for the remembered from magazines really great feature that turned like Micro User and Amiga out too long for this issue; you’re stuff with a team Format. I didn’t for a moment thrashing about in an attempt to think that anybody would take come up with a really clever of volunteers" that suggestion and turn it into headline forthatarticle aboutthe a real magazine; this was just old oboe da cacca-playing gent after the Pi’s launch with the already-too-punny announcement and we hadn’t really got a feel for just how name; and then, when the thing comes out, you’d better dynamic the Pi community can be when it comes up with a brace yourself for the reader feedback. Letters will arrive reallygood idea. written in purple ink informing you that the theorbo you pictured on page 13 was, in fact, a modern sitar, and Magazines, you see, are hard. Before I started working for calling for your sacking. (It was a theorbo. I wasn’t Raspberry Pi in 2011 I’d spent ten years working in sacked.) publishing; first as an assistant editor for a group of classical music magazines, before moving into book Seriously: if you think that electronics enthusiasts are publishing as a chief copy editor. I moved to books for a geeks, you oughttomeettheearlymusiccrowd.
pitch up on time with their article. I really can’t imagine being able to build. Of course, computing and making is doing it without a team of experienced layout, editorial, not for everybody; but everybody should be offered the production, photography, advertising, financial and legal opportunity to find out whether it’s something they respond people propping the whole enterprise up. But we kept our toornot.
Where can I get help? Adrian Harper MagPi Writer DIFFICULTY : BEGINNER There are numerous guides to getting started with troubleshooting basic issues as well as with a Raspberry Pi that cover the basics of providing ideas for that "What now?" moment setting up your new computer with the when everything is running and you're staring at recommended Raspbian Wheezy operating a large raspberry in the middle of the screen. The system, running through raspi-config etc. Raspberry Pi Guide on the Embedded Linux wiki However, most setup guides stop once the is also recommended - http://bit.ly/pJfgMr.
How do I set my screen resolution Remove the # to uncomment the two lines when using a monitor connected by hdmi_group and hdmi_mode and then edit VGA / DVI? them to read: With an HDMI connection the Raspberry Pi can hdmi_group=2 detect and set the resolution correctly (in most hdmi_mode=xx cases) for the screen that is being used. For those of us that need to connect a monitor using where xx is the number of the resolution mode an HDMI to DVI cable or an HDMI to VGA you wish to use. Following on from my example convertor box the resolution needs to be set above, for a 1024 x 768 resolution, I would use manually. the line "hdmi_mode=16".
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SWEETBOX II The smallest Raspberry Pi case How to make a case for the Alexandre Xanthakis Raspberry Pi in 31 4 steps Bud Aniontinder Guest Writers Like so many impatient technology junkies the world Raspberry Pi. You can easily put it in your pocket! over, the wait to hold our first Raspberry Pi seemed The small size also makes it easy to grasp for like it would never end. But when we finally had it in plugging and unplugging cables.