Raspberry Pi Hacks
Tips & Tools for Making Things with the Inexpensive Linux Computer
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2013
Pages: 394

With more than 60 practical and creative hacks, this book helps you turn Raspberry Pi into the centerpiece of some cool electronics projects. Want to create a controller for a camera or a robot? Set up Linux distributions for media centers or PBX phone systems? That’s just the beginning of what you’ll find inside Raspberry Pi Hacks.

If you’re looking to build either a software or hardware project with more computing power than Arduino alone can provide, Raspberry Pi is just the ticket. And the hacks in this book will give you lots of great ideas.

  • Use configuration hacks to get more out of your Pi
  • Build your own web server or remote print server
  • Take the Pi outdoors to monitor your garden or control holiday lights
  • Connect with SETI or construct an awesome Halloween costume
  • Hack the Pi’s Linux OS to support more complex projects
  • Decode audio/video formats or make your own music player
  • Achieve a low-weight payload for aerial photography
  • Build a Pi computer cluster or a solar-powered lab
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    5.0

    Excellent Book!

    By Vijay N Phadke

    from Fremont, CA

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    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

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      • Intermediate
      • Student

      Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Hacks:

      Really well rounded book to get creative with the Pi!
      Covers right from kernel hacking to nice variety of projects that you can actually build and use.

       
      4.0

      Good introduction to more advanced use

      By jens

      from dk

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      • Well-written

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        Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Hacks:

        This review is part of O'Reilly's reviewer program.
        This book is a very good introduction to some of the more advanced uses of the Pi like connecting periferals and using the GPIO pins. For most of the entries it doesn't go beyond the introductive style being split into 65 rather small chapters each describing a 'hack'. Most of the content will perhaps be too brief or basic for advanced users while it might be to specialized for the very beginners.
        I use the book a lot as a reference and especially the parts about power considerations are very useful.
        Both authors work at Red Hat, so there is an orientation towards fedora / pidora in the examples (which is a welcome change from the ubiquitous focus on raspbian) but other systems are considered as well and when it is needed, they will often show several ways of doing the same thing (using systemd on pidora and sysvinit for raspbian (though that will presumably be obsolete at some point in the nearer future) for example).

         
        5.0

        Awesome book

        By Japharl

        from Arlington, va

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        • General
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          Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Hacks:

          Awesome, gives pleanty of non standard hacks with the raspberry pi. Really liked that it touched upon how to set up asterisk giving enough detail to get you started. I wasn't expecting that in this book.

           
          4.0

          Very good for advanced users

          By Robert

          from Irapuato, Mexico

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          Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Hacks:

          Very recommendable literature for getting started with own Raspberry Pi projects. Especially the parts about power considerations and the GPIO are very well written.
          The use of the word "hack" is exaggerated in my opinion.
          For me it was important, to have the book as pdf and DRM free ebook. This makes my life much easier, since I can use it as print-out and on my OpenInkScape reader without "hack" ;-).

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Choice

          By Ron

          from Louisville, KY

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            Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Hacks:

            This is a good book for how to make a Raspberry Pi do what you want it to do. Good projects, and an easy read.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            For all types of users (a pro and a con)

            By gajdipajti

            from Hungary, Szeged

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            • Accurate
            • Easy to understand
            • Helpful examples

            Cons

            • Tries To Cover To Much

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            Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Hacks:

            I has some good hacks, and I loved to read them. My problem is, that some (15-20%) of the hacks are not for the average user (too beginner or way to much expert). For beginners it is a must have, but for the expert users it is just a good read.

             
            5.0

            Idea Inspiring

            By Jules

            from London

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              Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Hacks:

              A very useful book with some good projects which help in developing ideas to suit my own needs

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great All-in-One Reference

              By hfb

              from Nashua, NH

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                Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Hacks:

                I received this book for free from O'Reilly in turn for a review but I have to say I would have purchased this had I known anything about it.
                I have a Raspberry Pi and love it but if I want to do anything with it, I have to go to multiple websites to be able to get any information on how to get it working. With this book, it has everything I have looked up so far and many more. It's great to have everything all in one spot.
                My favorite item I am looking forward to is setting up my 3D printer to run off the rPi and this has it.
                Now, this book calls everything a "hack" but I think it's just to fit the title. Some of these things are routine and I wouldn't consider it a hack but that's just my opinion and doesn't really detract from the book.
                Anyway, this is highly recommended for anyone with an rPi that's not all that familiar with Linux and wants it all in a single reference.

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