Raspberry Pi Hacks

Ruth Suehle (Red Hat), Tom Callaway (Red Hat)
Open Hardware
Location: D135 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.12, 17 ratings)

In this session, Tom Callaway and Ruth Suehle, authors of Raspberry Pi Hacks (O’Reilly, expected spring 2013) will share hints and tips for hackers ready to bring their ideas to life with the Raspberry Pi computer, They’ll cover the important basics of doing tricks with your Pi and go on to talk about a few fun projects, from game emulators to cameras in the sky.

Whether you’ve had a Raspberry Pi waiting for a project or have already been tinkering, we have a few ideas to help you out along the way. We’ll start with the basic-but-important Pi tricks, like making sure you have the right SD card and that you’ve chosen the best distro for the job you intend to do. We’ll then talk through some more challenging problems, like what happens when you need to build a cross-compiler or a custom kernel.

Raspberry Pi Hacks includes information like this along with instructions for projects, including some kid-friendly builds and more advanced projects. We’ll 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 works in Red Hat’s Open Source and Standards group, which aims to help upstream open source software communities. She also leads the Fedora Project’s marketing team and is co-author of the upcoming Raspberry Pi Hacks book from O’Reilly. 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

A Linux user since 1997, a Red Hat employee since 2001, and an active contributor to Fedora since its inception. My day job is at Red Hat, as the Fedora Engineering Manager.

Before that, I was a Sales Engineer at Red Hat (5 years), so I know a thing or two about how to make money from FOSS (and how not to). ;)

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

  • Fedora Board member (Third consecutive elected term)
  • Maintainter for 354 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
  • Co-lead of Fedora SPARC (formerly Aurora SPARC Linux)
  • Maintainer of Chromium packages for Fedora (which can’t go into Fedora, ask me why!)

In what little time remains, I enjoy Science Fiction (books and media), Origami, Gaming (tabletop and video), Frogs, Pinball, Geocaching, and Hockey.

I live 45 minutes outside of Boston, with my lovely wife Pam, my adorable 5 month old son James, two cats and a firebelly toad.

I’ve presented at Ohio Linuxfest, Atlanta LinuxFest, FOSDEM, FOSS.IN, LinuxTag, and in front of too many LUGs to keep track of.

I’m happy to discuss proper (and improper) FOSS licensing with you, as well as any topic related to Fedora.

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Tom Callaway
05/31/2013 6:12pm PDT

Well, certainly, the Chalice has seen better days, but look, we fixed it up, good as new

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Nathan Stocks
05/31/2013 7:48am PDT

I challenge you to validate your claim as Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed. Reliable sources indicate that both artifacts were destroyed during the Dominion invasion of Betazed, for one…. ;-)


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