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Master your Raspberry Pi in a flash with this easy-to-follow guide

Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive guide to this exciting technology, fully updated to align with the Rev 3 board. Veteran technology authors provide expert insight and guidance that get you up and running fast, allowing you to explore the full capabilities of your Raspberry Pi. The clear, concise style makes this guide easy to follow for complete beginners, providing step-by-step instruction throughout the setup process and into systems administration and programming. Updated information includes coverage of Noobs, PiStore and making music with SonicPi, in addition to basic Raspberry Pi operations and features.

Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 2nd Edition teaches you everything you need to know to get the most out of your device. Even if you've never ventured beyond e-mail and web browsers, this guide will give you the skills and confidence you need to take advantage of everything the Raspberry Pi has to offer.

Find out how to install the operating system and connect to other devicesInstall, use and remove software like a proLearn basic Linux systems administrationProgram with Scratch, Python and Minecraft on your Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi has awakened a whole new generation of hardware geeks, hackers and hobbyists, and now it's your turn to join their ranks. Learning how to fully use your new technology is the first step, and Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the ideal companion guide.


Sean McManus is an expert technology author. He is also a Code Club volunteer, helping children at a local school to learn computer programming. Mike Cook is a lifelong electronics buff, a former lecturer in physics at Manchester Metropolitan University, and author of more than 300 articles.


Introduction  1

Part I: Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi 5

Chapter 1: Introducing the Raspberry Pi  7

Chapter 2: Downloading the Operating System  19

Chapter 3: Connecting Your Raspberry Pi  29

Part II: Getting Started with Linux  49

Chapter 4: Using the Desktop Environment  51

Chapter 5: Using the Linux Shell  75

Part III: Using the Raspberry Pi for Both Work and Play  111

Chapter 6: Being Productive with the Raspberry Pi 113

Chapter 7: Editing Photos on the Raspberry Pi with GIMP  125

Chapter 8: Playing Audio and Video on the Raspberry Pi  135

Part IV: Programming the Raspberry Pi  145

Chapter 9: Introducing Programming with Scratch  147

Chapter 10: Programming an Arcade Game Using Scratch  163

Chapter 11: Writing Programs in Python  185

Chapter 12: Creating a Game with Python and Pygame  215

Chapter 13: Programming Minecraft with Python  233

Chapter 14: Making Music with Sonic Pi  255

Part V: Exploring Electronics with the Raspberry Pi  269

Chapter 15: Understanding Circuits and Soldering  271

Chapter 16: Making Your First Project with the Raspberry Pi  291

Chapter 17: Putting the Raspberry Pi in Control  323

Chapter 18: The Raspberry Pi in an Analog World  347

Part VI: The Part of Tens  367

Chapter 19: Ten Great Sof  tware Packages for the Raspberry Pi  371

Chapter 20: Ten Inspiring Projects for the Raspberry Pi  381

Appendix A: Troubleshooting and Configuring the Raspberry Pi  389

Appendix B: The GPIO on the Raspberry Pi  403

Appendix C: RISC OS  407

Index  415

Bonus Chapter 1: Mathematica BC1


“Perfect for beginners to computer science, this book shows you how to make the most of your Raspberry Pi” (Times Educational Supplement, January 2015)

“This is the second edition of a title that has proven very popular…the varied and eclectic nature of the Pi makes it a good fit for the ‘Dummies’ Brand”
(Linux Voice, February 2015)

“…this Dummies title is an excellent introduction for the complete beginner to the hardware and Linux itself" (Linux Voice, April 2015)

“..for the uninitiated, Raspberry Pi For Dummies does an outstanding job of accompanying their first steps into the world of computers..” (Professional Engineering, September 2015)