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Learning resources

Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:06 pm

Is it just me or is the RPi starting to become a victim of its own success ?
After four years there are now a myriad of (unofficial) resources available on the internet but how many of these are current (i.e. work) ?
My frustration level is increasing week by week as I follow along on a project only to find out that it does not work on the most up to date distro on my RPi. There's soon going to be a point where so many of these projects do not work that people will be turned off completely. There is just too much noise. I know that the Foundation may not be able to do much about this situation and I'm sure they are aware of it. Its a price that has to be paid for being open sourced I suppose.
What they can do however is to ensure that all the Learning Resources on the official website are current and possibly in BIG LETTERS AT THE TOP OF EACH RESOURCE indicate precisely which distribution they work with (and show people how they can check their own distribution before embarking on a project). If they do this already then I apologise for not seeing it, perhaps the letters aren't BIG ENOUGH for me. Perhaps some versioning of the Learning Resources is needed ?
Just one example of where this could be applied is the excellent Morse Code Virtual Radio learning resource. It is my understanding that this does not currently work with Jessie. I would have thought this was also ripe for a GPIOzero version.
This is in no way a criticism of those working at Pi Towers or indeed how incredibly hard I know they are working. Indeed it might simply be a case of calling for more investment (people) to maintain the existing learning resources. I'm sure this is nothing Clive or Carrie-Ann would have a problem accepting.
The preparation and maintaining of such materials can be extremely tedious and time consuming but someone needs to be on top of this as their primary role. It would be a shame to spoil the ship for an ap'th of tar. Certainly everything on the official website needs to be checked regularly to see if it works as advertised.

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Re: Learning resources

Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:52 pm

To use an English expression... you are pushing at an open door

This has been mentioned in a number of posts, a long one being here viewtopic.php?f=63&t=133329&sid=9c7fef0 ... 6296e8e0aa - this is slightly wider than just the tutorials.

It is worth restating some key points. The Foundation does not have a big staff and relies on willing volunteers for a lot of things. Many of the tutorials have been written by volunteers, and the text of these is available on Github. Issues can be reported on Github, but unfortunately new users have problems with following the tutorials or are typing the code/commands wrongly. The upgrade to Jessie, forced on the Pi by a change in the underlying Debian distribution, has had an unfortunate effect on many tutorials. So much of the stuff on the internet is now out of date or trivial it is a shame that Google finds it.

I am hoping for a quieter life in February, so that I can start to work through some of the tutorials. I don't know how this will go, but I am going to give it a try :)

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