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on 13 September 2012
I highly recommend this book to anybody who owns (or plans to buy) a Raspberry Pi.

It is well written, informative and interesting. The introduction gives you a very interesting history of how the R-Pi came to be, the aims of the project and the current state of affairs. There are many helpful guides on using your Pi, right from the basics of installing Raspian through to manually overriding memory allocation and overclocking (with suitable warnings of course!)

There are guides on setting up the R-Pi for a variety of common uses, from a desktop environment to a media center and even as a web server.

The tips on getting started with Python programming are great and have some very interesting examples.

It even goes on to explain how some of the currently available add-on boards work and why you might want them.

This book is just too packed full of information for me to possibly comment on every part of it (look at the TOC!), so I'll wrap up by saying, BUY IT!
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on 7 September 2012
Downloaded the book yesterday morning and having read large chunks of it I can only say it is well worth the money for it. While most of the information that I have read in the book I have seen in various other places either on the Raspberry Pi forums or through other Linux sites, this book explains everything in a much more simple style to help those who are starting out with Linux and want to get programming for the first time (like myself).

With regards to the programming, it gives you a good start in both Scratch and Python and while you may still need to do some trial and error and looking things up when you start your own programming, you have all the skills to program what you want. One of the other things that I am particularly pleased about with this book is that it gives you a basic start to using the GPIO pins of the Raspberry Pi and ideas for where to go next with your electronics projects.

Overall I would say it is a brilliant book to help you out with your Pi should you be just starting out in the world of Linux and electronics and I would happily recommend it to anyone who is thinking of getting or owns a Raspberry Pi.
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on 11 February 2013
Taking into account that I have not finished reading this book (about 30% into it) I am very very pleased. It assumes that you know nothing about electronics (which I do not) or Linux (which I do).
It has a goodly supply of diagrams that help with understanding some of the ideas and concepts.
A good book!
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on 25 July 2017
not that well written for a non technical guy
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on 18 June 2017
A good starting point.
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on 20 April 2017
Excellent.
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on 17 December 2012
Essential reading for anyone with a Raspberry PI or thinking of getting one, very informative and well written. Covers all aspects from the basics to getting started with programming. Highly recommended.
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on 29 May 2013
this was bought because i needed a book [along with others] that outlines everything of the raspberry pi. and what better one than one that was written by one of the creators of it.
great, well written, imformative.
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on 3 December 2012
Textbooks on e-books is probably not the greatest idea anyway,and maybe not enough answers if things don't work as they're meant to, but on the whole a fair price with enough info to get going.
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on 4 January 2013
The book starts from the assumption that the reader knows nothing which was just fine for me as a member of the silver surfer generation
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