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Linux in easy steps, 5th edition
Raspberry Pi in easy steps

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9781840783964Linux in easy steps, 5th edition

By Mike McGrath
Publication date: September 2, 2010
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-84078-396-4


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About the book

Begun as a small-scale labor of love, Linux has blossomed into the world's most versatile and flexible operating system. The reasons for its appeal are manifold: This open source OS allows numerous users to simultaneously work with multiple applications without experiencing any traffic problems, thus making it an ideal operating system for web servers. In addition, Linux is an extremely stable operating system that serves as a platform for an ever-growing number of quality applications. And not least, it's free! You can download it for nothing from the Internet.

With Linux In Easy Steps, joining the Linux Revolution is as easy as one, two, three. Following its simple instructions, you can learn to install the operating system, explore the desktop, and launch great applications. This fully illustrated primer teaches you to climb the Linux directory tree, navigate with the File Browser, and much more. Its easy-to-understand tutorials guide you through the OpenOffice business suite and media applications that let you enjoy the web, music, video, and graphics. Later chapters show you how to use the Linux shell to communicate directly with the kernel at the very heart of the operating system, allowing you total control over your Linux system.

Linux In Easy Steps opens the door to a whole new world of digital possibilities!


9781840785814 Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi in easy steps
By Mike McGrath
Publication date: February 27, 2013
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-84078-581-4
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The Raspberry Pi is a cheap, basic, programmable credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It can be used for many of the things that your PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and playing games, but its real purpose is to inspire children (and grown-ups) to learn how to program. Over five million Raspberry Pis have been sold worldwide, so far!

Raspberry Pi in easy steps starts with the basic components you’ll need, setting up the system and logging into the console. Then, in easy steps, it covers:

  • Exploring the desktop, including understanding the Taskbar, customizing the look and feel, examining the filesystem, and browsing the internet
  • Commanding the system, including getting applications, saving web pages, reading and writing text, finding files, adding users, changing permissions, and employing the shell
  • Animating with Scratch – a fun learning environment that enables complete beginners to create computer programs visually without writing any code
  • Programming with Python – a high-level (human-readable) programming language that is processed by the Python ‘interpreter’ to produce results fast
  • Producing games – Raspberry Pi ships with a selection of Python games for you to try, but also includes the Python ‘pygame’ module that you can use to make your own games, which is covered in Raspberry Pi in easy steps
  • Developing windowed apps with Tkinter, the standard Python module that is shipped with the Raspberry Pi, that you can use to create graphical applications
  • Driving header pins – how to control electrical input and output on the Raspberry Pi header from Python scripts, including lighting a lamp, adding more buttons and controlling projects

Use Raspberry Pi in easy steps to have fun going back to basics and creating your own applications.



About the author

Mike McGrath now lives in South-east Europe, on the sun-kissed shores of the Aegean Sea. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.

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