Thoughts on Scratch and the GPIO - any comments/suggestions greatly welcomed
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MsG wrote:This is only slightly related, but I am sensing some expertise here, so maybe one of you can help me...
I am a middle-school teacher working on integrating LEGO WeDo systems with Scratch on Linux.
(I have previously used Scratch+WeDo on Windows with students, but I'm hoping to start using Linux so that I can re-purpose old computers, plus encourage more educators and parents to try Linux with kids. Someday I'll move on to trying other Scratch+ interfaces, etc.)
I have recently obtained a Raspberry Pi, which came with a Raspbian (Debian) distro, and the included Scratch 1.4 version worked right away with the WeDo USB connection.
However, not so much luck with other laptops & distro I tried.
I installed the Ubermix (Ubuntu) distro on 2 old-ish Dell Latitude D610's, and the WeDo USB connection does NOT seem to be working/recognized on either laptop. (The special blocks do not appear in Scratch 1.4, nor does any sensor or motor work, even if I make the blocks appear by using the menu, then put them in a program. And yes, I tried all of the USB ports.)
Any clues to help me trouble-shoot this?
Or know who I could talk to that might know something about any drivers or USB or other configurations needed?
I am NOT at all an expert with Linux, but I can find & edit config files, etc, if I have instructions. I also have a few Linux-loving friends who I can call upon if needed, but I'd like to have first done whatever research I can.
I do have a deadline of sorts -- trying to have this working for demos at the Austin Mini Maker Faire on May 3, 2014.
Any clues would be appreciated!