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I've had on my mind the idea of making a discussion and support thread for Raspberry Pi users, so here it is. If you don't know what a Raspberry Pi is, it is a small, single board computer from the UK that's around the size of a credit card. It was mainly made for educational uses, but has evolved into many more applications, hobbies, and projects. Look up some RPi projects, people have made arcade cabinets, FM transmitters, robots, and more. The small computer primarily uses Linux distributions adapted for the RPi, such as Raspbian and Arch Linux ARM. Other OSes can also be used. I have only less than a month of experience messing with a Raspberry Pi, but I've learned alot more about computers (and Linux for that matter) than I have since I was in grade school. Discuss the Raspberry Pi, projects, and more.
So I am a programmer, one who is in an awkward spot between newbie and novice so I need to build my skills some. I was hoping to get some help from any programmers in the community on maybe some basic projects that'll help in the way I think about my code and build my knowledge and skill. I mainly work with Python and a little HTML and on occasion XML. I've used Django, Requests, Magic and a few other modules for Python in web development for work. I was thinking of starting my own website that uses both Django and HTML, maybe even some jQuery if need be, that I can use as both a hub for my own means and to help improve my programming skills. I've also heard of Panda3D which is an engine made by Disney for video game development built with both Python and C++ libraries. (I don't have any C++ experience so if anyone can point me to any good books or websites that might help me get my foot in the door on that it'd be awesome.) Does anyone have any projects in Panda3D, even small ones, that I might be able to give a try? I haven't yet downloaded it or gone through the tutorial though so I guess I should do that first but I need a non-work laptop before I do that. Of course, this topic isn't just for me! Anyone who's a newbie or more advanced programmer and has a question or is in need of help from others feel free to post! We can all learn from each other, even if our problems aren't directly related I've noticed that many programming languages share very similar issues, just in a different format.
Thought I'd break up the chain! Before Fanbois/FanGoils be all like: The hell you talking about!? Win8/8.1 is best OS EVAR!!11!1!1!one!!!!! Let me just say this right now I don't exactly hate it, even though I say I do and have the title stating I do, I realize that even Windows 8/8.1 has a place as well, I'm just not their target audience. The UI - This is a common dislike of the OS, and don't get me wrong, I can use it.. I just choose not to. So counter-intuitive to me, and I don't see a point of it on the desktop at all. I know there are mods to make it look almost exactly like Windows 7, but I shouldn't have to modify my install for previously native functionality. The "Appstore" - Users might not be in a walled garden right now, but who's to say they won't be in the future? In my opinion at least, it seems as though M$ will eventually want to kill support for old software and force users to buy stuff from their store... I don't like that. Not ONE bit. The Internal Changes - The one that's most emphasized by Micro$oft is the fast boot, but what about other internal changes? Well being proprietary software, we're not allowed to see the code. Kinda suspicious of it but that's just me. Just simply explains a little why I don't like windows 8/8.1 , I might do this again and in more detail later. I just wanted to break the chain! happy clacking!