This is in my opinion the coolest project I have ever come across for the Raspberry Pi. You have to check this out if you are true geek. Also they include some of the best most detailed instructions on how to repeat this project. This is a must see and there is a video too.
Raspberry Pi at Southampton
The year 2012 has been a fun and interesting ride for Pensive Penguin. I thought it would be fun to highlight what I thought were the top posts of the year. Here they are starting with January and moving forward.
This may not have been the most widely read post of the year but it certainly impacted me the most.
Bash Command Line Blunder Using rm Not to be Repeated
I do not think there was a more important time for the Internet than SOPA/PIPA.Stop SOPA/PIPA Sign the Petition
In April I added mobile support. Site Update: Now Pensive Penguin Delivered in Mobile Formats What took me so long?
I like doing my part to support the Linux community and this was a good cause to get behind. The Debian Administrator’s Handbook Is Available in English The book is really great too. This cannot be said enough. Open Source Projects Are Free But Need to be Funded Projects need support and most of it will come from the community.
In August we had a birthday, Happy Birthday to Pensive Penguin! as well as created a stir in the Ubuntu community. Zeitgeist: Is Your OS Spying on You? I can see now that my choice of wording did not sit well with them. I could have done better. I still believe that the owners of the distribution have an obligation to its users to be upfront and honest. I think that Ubuntu did not do that very well in the beginning but has since cleared their name in this regard.
Sometimes it is appropriate to simply shout out about how you feel about something. I think I did that pretty well in September here From My Linux Soapbox!
Moving into November we talked about the move to ARM support and Secure Boot (I think the second most important topic of the year).
openSuse Releases v12.2 to Arm
Will Secure Boot Impact You?
A Solution to Secure Boot For Linux
That is it, my list for the top posts for 2012. I am looking forward to a great 2013 and beyond. Thanks for reading.
If you know me well you know that I like to cull the broken laptops and bargains (free) from Craigslist. Well last night I decided to retire the Sony Vaio I have been using for the past year and a half. I acquired it for free and have put about $150 in it via a new screen and a RAM upgrade. It is still running well but I wanted a larger screen. A couple of months ago I snagged from said list, a nice R61 series Lenovo in near perfect condition.
There is very little difference in the two laptops except for screen size. The R61 is much wider than the small Sony. My eyes will enjoy and appreciate the extra room.
Now this is where I get on the soapbox and brag a bit about Linux. One of the strong points about Linux is its hardware detection at boot time. The kernel is prepacked with modules for about any type of hardware and it detects most of them very well. Of course there are exceptions like the Gentoo family where the distribution is compiled for the hardware specifically. But most mainstream distributions are going to load on whatever you happen to load it in.
I took the hard drive from the Sony and placed it in the Lenovo and turned on the power. I would like to see someone do the same with Windows or OSX. It just won’t happen since both have very different views on how to utilize the hardware abstraction layer or HAL. Linux, specifically in this case LMDE, started without any issues whatsoever. It detected and loaded all the drivers and wireless was functional too. I know I have stated I would not be bashing other operating systems but you won’t be able to do that with either of those OS’s. Linux rules in hardware detection.
Now I have a slightly larger laptop, same hard drive and RAM as before, a more comfortable typing experience and a larger screen for a small investment and a few minutes of my time. Gone are the days of reconfiguring all the tweaked settings and establishing software etc.
I hope everyone is spreading joy and celebrating with friends and family this holiday season. And don’t forget to donate to a project or a charity this season too.