Saturday, December 31, 2016

Arduino Cousins Rejoined in 1.8.0

The two forks of the Arduino IDE have been rejoined into one. No longer are there separate IDE's from Arduino.cc and Arduino.org. Boards from both companies and new additions from Adafruit are supported. This is great news for the Arduino Community. Requires Java 8 to run, but well worth the upgrade!


Arduino IDE 1.8.0 works out of the box with AVR boards, like the Uno, Mega, Yun, and Micro, among the most popular. Additionally, it supports the Leonardo Ethernet, Yun Mini, Industrial 101, and Uno WiFi.

The updated SAMD core will provide support for the M0 and M0 PRO, completing the product line that includes the Zero, MKR1000, and the newly-launched Primo and MKRZero.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Pixel OS Controversy

There's been a lot of "news" about the Raspberry Pi Foundations new Pixel OS. Lets dig in and take a look at what the hubbub is all about.

First of all, contrary to much of the misinformation by the BBC, Guardian, and others, it's not an OS.

It's an alternative DE (Desktop Environment), much like gnome, LXDE, and others, that sits on top of a linux OS. That's it, nothing more.

As a DE, it's lightweight (needed for limited resource machines like the Raspberry Pi), and very pretty. It's fully available for the Raspberry Pi, or you You can download an image bundled with debian and try it in preview mode on a intel based pc. Preview mode? Yes, you cannot install it on your computer, as it's a "developmental beta", not an installable DE.

The good news? Eventually it will be a usable option not only on the Raspberry Pi, but other platforms like Intel based pc's. Eventually.
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