Raspberry Pi Video Tutorial by Lynda

Up and Running with Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a small, cheap, single-board computer that opens a new door to computer exploration. Simple to use and program, it can be embedded in innovative projects and has been used to build Internet-connected dog treat dispensers, low-res plotters, cell phone–operated coffeemakers, and a solar-powered computer.


This course shows how to obtain, configure, and do simple tasks with a Raspberry Pi. Mark Niemann-Ross shows you how to play sounds, boot up a GUI, program simple tasks, install software, and begin to explore hardware control with GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output).

Topics include:

  • Buying a Raspberry Pi
  • Connecting hardware
  • Installing the Raspbian OS
  • Working with frequently used Linux commands
  • Setting up VNC to control the Raspberry Pi remotely
  • Playing a sound
  • Building a simple webcam website
  • Controlling a device with GPIO in Python

Tutorial Content List:

  1. 3m 49s

    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know
      1m 1s
    3. Using the exercise files
    4. Related websites and documentation
      1m 9s
  2. 5m 34s

    1. Buying a Raspberry Pi
      1m 46s
    2. Selecting a monitor
      1m 29s
    3. Other components you'll need
      2m 19s
  3. 5m 50s

    1. Connecting the hardware
    2. Installing the Raspbian Wheezy operating system
      3m 30s
    3. Testing, starting a desktop, and shutting down
      1m 34s
  4. 6m 38s

    1. Frequently used Linux commands
      4m 47s
    2. Killing a process
      1m 51s
  5. 11m 41s

    1. Why VNC is useful
    2. Setting up a static IP address
      4m 47s
    3. Installing VNC on a Raspberry Pi
      1m 6s
    4. Using the Macintosh VNC client to connect
      1m 4s
    5. Using the Chrome VNC client to connect
      2m 2s
    6. Running VNC at boot
      1m 52s
  6. 8m 48s

    1. Introducing sound on the Raspberry Pi
      3m 5s
    2. Playing a sound with Python
      5m 43s
  7. 6m 5s

    1. Introduction to a webcam project
    2. Obtaining and installing a webcam
    3. Using fswebcam to drive the camera
      1m 45s
    4. Using Python as a web server
      1m 47s
    5. Starting the webcam at boot
      1m 38s
  8. 6m 32s

    1. What is GPIO?
      1m 1s
    2. Creating interface circuits
      2m 0s
    3. Controlling a device with GPIO in Python
      3m 31s
  9. 25s

    1. Where to go from here?

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