Free Raspberry Pi Model B

Free Raspberry Pi Model B

Free Raspberry Pi

You’ve not read it wrong, I really am giving away a Raspberry Pi computer! Now that the Model B has been upgraded to 512mb RAM and mine’s set to arrive this week, I have no use for the one that has been powering this site, so I’m giving it away!

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Raspberry Pi RAM increased to 512mb

Raspberry Pi RAM increased to 512mb

Since the launch of the Raspberry Pi, one thing which I saw as an oversight (and according to other sources, many would agree) was the amount of memory the Raspberry Pi shipped with – 256mb wasn’t enough. Understandably one of the core aims the Foundation had with the Raspberry Pi unit was to keep costs low, but something I hoped to have seen at launch was a ‘Model C’ with more memory.

Pictured: The Raspberry Pi Model B

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Interesting uses for a Raspberry Pi

Interesting uses for a Raspberry Pi

Since first reading about the Raspberry Pi, I instantly started thinking of the endless possibilities for this tiny little handy PC. I went down the predictable (slightly boring and a bit geeky) route of running one as a web server, others have been a bit more imaginative then I have been. I’ve had some good results so far, this site is indeed hosted from my own Raspberry Pi computer.

The next part of my project is to install an IMAP capable mail server, but here’s some of the other uses and projects I’ve found whilst clicking on the old ‘tinterweb!

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Tutorial – Install Postfix to allow outgoing email on Raspberry Pi

Tutorial – Install Postfix to allow outgoing email on Raspberry Pi

So far, I’ve covered overclocking your Raspberry Pi, preparing to run your Raspberry Pi as a web server, installing Apache, PHP and MySQL and installing PhpMyAdmin. I’m assuming you’ve at least set your hostname and installed Apache, PHP and MySQL on your Raspberry Pi for this tutorial.

Before we go ahead and install WordPress, we need to ensure that outgoing email can be sent from your Raspberry Pi. In this tutorial, I’ll cover installing Postfix, which is a mail transport agent.

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Dingleberry DNS now available

Dingleberry DNS now available

Good news all! I’m launching Dingleberry DNS, a free DNS service to allow you to point a domain to your Raspberry Pi. This service will allow you to access your Raspberry Pi remotely, run a website from your Raspberry Pi and much more.

Here’s what you need to qualify for free DNS:

  • A registered domain, ie example.com
  • A Raspberry Pi connected to the Internet
  • A Static IP address (unfortunately I can’t support dynamic IP addresses yet).

Contact me to apply, all I’ll need is some information about your project and I’ll get the DNS set up. Hosted email can also be provided for a small fee.

Tutorial – Install Apache, PHP and MySQL on Raspberry Pi

Tutorial – Install Apache, PHP and MySQL on Raspberry Pi

The fundamental services required to turn your Raspberry Pi into a web server consist of Apache (the web server itself), PHP (scripting language) and MySQL (database server). When installed on a Linux based system, the collective term for these is LAMP.

There are other secondary services which aren’t quite as important at this stage to provide FTP and outbound mail, but that’ll be covered in a separate tutorial.

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