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Author By Matt Richardson
ISBN 9789351103158
Pages 164
Binding Paperback

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Many people think of Linux as a computer operating system, running on user's 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Embedded Linux for Makers

  • Why Use BeagleBone?
  • Intended Audience
  • Feedback

Chapter 2 The Basics and Getting Set Up

  • Tour of the Board
  • What You Need
  • The Operating System
  • Connecting to Your BeagleBone

Chapter 3 Getting Around with Linux

  • The Command Line
  • Filesystem
  • Setup
  • Shutting Down

Chapter 4 First Steps with Digital Electronics

  • Connect an LED
  • Output
  • Input
  • Project: Networked Outlet Timer

Chapter 5 Python Pin Control

  • Installing Adafruit’s BeagleBone IO Python Library
  • Blinking an LED with Python
  • Reading a Button with Python
  • Reading an Analog Input
  • Analog Output (PWM)
  • Taking it Further

Chapter 6 Putting Python Projects Online

  • Sending an Email Alert
  • Web Interface
  • Data Logging with Xively
  • Taking it Further

Chapter 7 Bonescript

  • The Cloud9 IDE
  • Beginning BoneScript
  • Running JavaScript Files from the Command Line
  • Setting JavaScript Files to Run Automatically
  • BoneScript Reference

Chapter 8 Using the Desktop Environment

  • Accessing the Desktop
  • Getting to the Terminal
  • Navigating the Filesystem
  • Editing Text
  • Executing Scripts
  • Switching Workspaces
  • Connecting to the Desktop Remotely with VNC

Chapter 9 Taking It Further

  • Getting Help
  • Getting Inspired
  • Sharing Projects
  • Having Fun

Appendix Installing a Fresh Ångström Image

  • On OS X
  • On Windows
  • On Linux
  • Flashing the eMMC

Appendix Setting up System Services

  • Creating a Service File
  • Enabling and Starting the Service
  • Disabling and Stopping the Service
  • Checking the Status of a Service
  • Setting Time and Date as a System Service

Appendix Quick Reference: GPIO

  • GPIO with the Filesystem
  • GPIO with Python
  • GPIO with Node.js
  • GPIO Pins