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Linux in easy steps, 6th edition
Raspberry Pi in easy steps

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Linux in easy steps, 6th edition

By Mike McGrath
Publication date: September 25, 2018
Pages: 192


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About the book

Linux has become an increasingly popular alternative to the Windows operating system. The reasons for its growing appeal are manifold: Linux is an extremely stable operating system that serves as a platform for an ever-growing number of quality applications; it has become more user-friendly with each version released; and perhaps best of all… it's free!

Linux in easy steps, 6th edition explains the Linux environment and how to get more out of this popular free operating system.

It starts by showing how to download, install and customize Linux, guides you around the Desktop, and then introduces many great apps, including:

  • The LibreOffice suite of apps: Writer (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentation), Draw (drawing tool, for creating drawings, charts, diagrams and graphs), and Base (database).
  • Firefox for browsing the web.
  • Thunderbird for exchanging emails.
  • GIMP, Pix, VLC and Rhythmbox media apps to edit photos and videos, and enjoy music and movies.

This guide even shows how to use the powerful Linux shell to communicate directly with the kernel at the very heart of Linux for total control.

Linux in easy steps, 6th edition opens the door to a whole new world of digital possibilities using Linux.

Illustrated using Linux Mint.


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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About the book

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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