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Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro

Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:24 am

Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro
Our tweaked distribution for teaching electronics using the Raspberry PI

http://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-rasp ... nux-distro

Adafruit <3 Raspberry Pi - especially how easy it is to hack circuits using the electronics breakout pins! But sadly, thelatest official distro "July 15 Raspbian Wheezy" did not have many of the delicious hackables built in. That's why we decided to roll our own distribution.

Our distro is based on "Wheezy" but comes with hardware SPI, I2C, one wire, and WiFi support for our wifi adapters. It also has some things to make overall hacking easier such sshd on startup (with key generation on first boot) and Bonjour (so you can simply ssh raspberrypi.local from any computer on the local network)

This is our first distro, Occidentalis v0.1. Rubus occidentalis is the black raspberry. It is derived from Raspbian Wheezy July 15

We have made a few key changes to make it more hardware-hacker friendly!
• Updated to Hexxeh firmware
• 4 Gig SD image (will not fit in 2 G cards!)
• I2C and hardware SPI support
• I2C/SPI modules initialized on boot
• sshd on boot
• ssh keygen on first boot
• runs ahavi daemon (Bonjour client) and is called raspberrypi.local
• Realtek RTL8188CUS wifi support
• One wire support on GPIO #4 when loaded

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Cheers!
Ladayada, pt & the Adafruit team!

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Re: Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro

Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:17 pm

Hi, adafruit
Keep up the good work!Now usb wifi works fine.But RTC module(DS1307) isn‘t included in the kernel, RTC can’t work.

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Re: Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro

Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:47 pm

ukonline2000 wrote:Hi, adafruit
Keep up the good work!Now usb wifi works fine.But RTC module(DS1307) isn‘t included in the kernel, RTC can’t work.
thanks! we'll check that out!

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Re: Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro

Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:11 am

adafruit wrote:
ukonline2000 wrote:Hi, adafruit
Keep up the good work!Now usb wifi works fine.But RTC module(DS1307) isn‘t included in the kernel, RTC can’t work.
thanks! we'll check that out!
I think the kernel included the sensors modules and spi module(spi SD card)are very useful !

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Re: Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro

Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:13 pm

The disto contains a file left over from your own installation and it needs deleting otherwise it will cause problems for wifi installation.

File is /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules. This is currently set to reference wlan0 with the mac address of the device you used. If this file is not deleted any new wifi adapter installed will be named wlan1. And so /etc/network/interfaces would need setting up accordingly using wlan1 and not wlan0.

To avoid problems this file should be deleted before installing the wifi adapter.

Apart from that it certainly makes setting up the wifi simpler especially for rtl8188cus devices. No need for my script. ;)

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Re: Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro

Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:05 pm

MrEngman wrote:The disto contains a file left over from your own installation and it needs deleting otherwise it will cause problems for wifi installation.

File is /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules. This is currently set to reference wlan0 with the mac address of the device you used. If this file is not deleted any new wifi adapter installed will be named wlan1. And so /etc/network/interfaces would need setting up accordingly using wlan1 and not wlan0.

To avoid problems this file should be deleted before installing the wifi adapter.

Apart from that it certainly makes setting up the wifi simpler especially for rtl8188cus devices. No need for my script. ;)

MrEngman
thank you so much, we will be updating and this will be reflected in the next release!

limor

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Re: Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro

Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:19 pm

adafruit wrote:thank you so much, we will be updating and this will be reflected in the next release!

limor
That is good to hear... but can I dare ask when can we expect the next release (including this amendment) to appear?

Thanks. :)

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Re: Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro

Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:30 pm

Montala wrote:
adafruit wrote:thank you so much, we will be updating and this will be reflected in the next release!

limor
That is good to hear... but can I dare ask when can we expect the next release (including this amendment) to appear?

Thanks. :)
no ETA yet, but once we have an idea of what we'll post back here!

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Re: Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:43 pm

Dear Adafruit team,

Just wanted to let you know that I've been running the Occidentalis on my farm of RPs for a week and the distro is AWESOME. Your changes have brought about Arduino-like ease-of-use to the RPi such that I can focus on being a maker and not a sysadmin. Thanks for your hard work and dedication to the maker community!

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Re: Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro

Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:14 pm

ardweebno wrote:Dear Adafruit team,

Just wanted to let you know that I've been running the Occidentalis on my farm of RPs for a week and the distro is AWESOME. Your changes have brought about Arduino-like ease-of-use to the RPi such that I can focus on being a maker and not a sysadmin. Thanks for your hard work and dedication to the maker community!
THANK YOU!

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