July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Raspberry Pi hacks

Ruth Suehle (Red Hat), Tom Callaway (Red Hat)
5:00pm–5:40pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Mobility Portland 256
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 8 ratings)
Slides:   1-PDF 

Prerequisite Knowledge

This is a flexible presentation that has inspiration of interest to a beginner, but enough technical tips to also keep more advanced users engaged.


Ruth Suehle and Tom Callaway, authors of Raspberry Pi Hacks, will offer technical tips for hardware and software hackers (or hackers-to-be!) who want to build around the Raspberry Pi computer. They’ll start with simple tips like how to add a power switch, and go on to share fun projects from costume builds to radios and light displays.

Whether you’ve had a Raspberry Pi waiting for a project or have already been building away, Ruth and Tom have a few ideas to boost your project plan. What kinds of displays have you not thought of? How do you pick the right distro? What about troubleshooting power problems? Ruth will talk through some more challenging problems, like what happens when you need to build a cross-compiler or a custom kernel.

Raspberry Pi Hacks also includes information like instructions for projects, including some kid-friendly builds and projects around the house as well as more advanced projects, like connecting Arduino shields and solar-powered Pi labs. Ruth and Tom will show a few of these and help you kickstart your own ideas for great projects with this tiny device.

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Ruth Suehle

Red Hat

Ruth Suehle manages the community leadership team in Red Hat’s Open Source and Standards group, which supports upstream open source software communities. She also leads the Fedora Project’s marketing team and is co-author of Raspberry Pi Hacks (O’Reilly, Dec. 2013). Previously an editor for Red Hat Magazine, she now leads discussions about open source principles as a moderator at opensource.com. Ruth is also a core contributor to Wired’s GeekMom blog, where she covers the adventures of motherhood alongside technology and sci-fi.

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Tom Callaway

Red Hat

Tom Callaway has been a Linux user since 1997, a Red Hat employee since 2001, and an active contributor to Fedora since its inception. His day job is at Red Hat as the Fedora engineering manager. Before that, he was a sales engineer at Red Hat (five years), so he knows a thing or two about how to make money from FOSS (and how not to). ;)

Here’s a list of all the things Tom is involved with or responsible for in Fedora:

  • Former Fedora Board Member (three terms)
  • Maintainter for 400+ Fedora packages
  • Lead of the Fedora Legal team, and key maintainer of the Fedora Licensing list
  • Chair of Fedora Packaging Committee and original author of the Fedora Packaging Guidelines
  • Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed
  • Fedora Ambassador
  • Member of Perl SIG, Fonts SIG, Games SIG
  • Maintainer of Chromium packages for Fedora

In what little time remains, he enjoys science fiction (books and media), origami, gaming (tabletop and video), frogs, pinball, geocaching, hacking on the Raspberry Pi, and hockey. Tom is happy to discuss proper (and improper) FOSS licensing, as well as any topic related to Fedora.

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Ruth Suehle
07/24/2015 6:53am PDT

The slides are up now!

Kent Rockwell
07/24/2015 3:22am PDT

Enjoyed the session!!! Slides are still not available. Really want to use the materials personally, especially to help with a local academic program.