Getting Started with BeagleBone
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Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Released: October 2013
Pages: 144

Many people think of Linux as a computer operating system, running on users' desktops and powering servers. But Linux can also be found inside many consumer electronics devices. Whether they're the brains of a cell phone, cable box, or exercise bike, embedded Linux systems blur the distinction between computer and device.

Many makers love microcontroller platforms such as Arduino, but as the complexity increases in their projects, they need more power for applications, such as computer vision. The BeagleBone is an embedded Linux board for makers. It's got built-in networking, many inputs and outputs, and a fast processor to handle demanding tasks. This book introduces you to both the original BeagleBone and the new BeagleBone Black and gets you started with projects that take advantage of the board's processing power and its ability to interface with the outside world.

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    5.0

    Great Book

    By Reed

    from Corvallis, OR

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      Comments about oreilly Getting Started with BeagleBone:

      This help beginners learn and get around in a terminal environment and a great reference book with terrific projects. I wish there was more of the book to learn even more things with the Bone.

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      5.0

      Great book for learning the BB

      By Nerdy Dude

      from Hollis, NH

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        Comments about oreilly Getting Started with BeagleBone:

        I have a Raspberry Pi and really enjoy it but it can be a little bit of work to interface hardware with it so I wanted to try out a Beaglebone as well. The format is a little more familiar to the Arduino that I've usually worked with and once I had the hardware in hand, I needed to find a good resource.
        As I'm a part of the O'Reilly Blogger program, I found I could get a digital copy for free and did so.
        I have used various Getting Started with ... books and like the rest, this does a great job getting you up and running. The examples are easy to understand and implement. It goes over the very basics of how to get around Linux if you don't know a thing, although there are better manuals for that.
        The hardware portion was enough to get you going and left me hanging for more but this book is really only meant to get started as the title implies.
        Overall, great little book to get you going on the BeagleBone but you'll want to find other resources quickly if you need more detailed instructions.

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        5.0

        Just what I needed to learn to use BBB

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        from Long Beach CA USA

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          Comments about oreilly Getting Started with BeagleBone:

          The text is easy to read. The examples are explained fully. This is the perfect book for me. I am a BBB novice, but I have experience with Linux. I just received the complete pdf download. I noticed some readers were upset with the incomplete version. I hope they are as happy as I am now.

           
          5.0

          Good place to start

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          from Hartford, Ct.

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            Comments about oreilly Getting Started with BeagleBone:

            A good place to begin with the Beaglebone.

             
            5.0

            Worth it.

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              Comments about oreilly Getting Started with BeagleBone:

              Great for beginners -- it walks you through the basic setup process and provides example code to get your beaglebone interacting with the world and the web.

              It's not extremely detailed, but for 10 bucks you can't complain. I look forward to the finished product.

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              5.0

              Good place to get started

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                  Comments about oreilly Getting Started with BeagleBone:

                  If your clueless on how to get started with the Beaglebone like I was. Then this book is for you. I took a big step from an Arduino to the Beaglebone. This book helps a lot in figuring out how to use it. It is very informative and easy to follow. The only reason I'm giving it four stars is because it still isn't finished yet. Ehh, I'll go ahead and give it five, it has helped me a lot.

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