Raspberry / Banana Pi what is the secret of his success and what are its potential :

This is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also able to play high-definition video and sending the otuput through an HDMI interface to a TV or a monitor .

The design is based around a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC, which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 128 or 256 Megabytes of RAM, with two USB ports and a 10/100 Ethernet controller. The design does not include a built-in hard disk or solid-state drive, instead relying on an SD card for booting and long-term storage. The board is intended to run Linux kernel based operating systems and there is a lof of interest on the open source community with many small distro born to support this new hardware such as raspbian, a free operating system based on Debian optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware. Recently the Raspberry Pi Model B with 512MB RAM has been announced and put on the market.

So why this small piece of hardware has become so popular ?

Personally I think that there are at least 3 reasons for this :

1) The low cost, with this low price tag everyone can buy one and do some tests.

2) The potentials, in this small board you have everything you need to start a small project such a web radio or to automate the management of your garden/house.

3) The pioneer aspect, this is perhaps the most important aspect of this small device, it brings back the days when you could test your hardware, easily add peripherals or new things.

Potentiality of the Raspeberry PI

So what can you do in practice with this small board ?

You can do a lot of things, from a simple and low cost desktop to something really complex, these are some projects that you can find online and that perhaps can inspire you:

Multimedia Box
Just plug in the memory card with raspbmc OS and you can have a juicy multimedia experience. You can play high quality music, watch 1080p videos and view all your pictures.

Raspbmc is a minimal Linux distribution based on Debian that brings XBMC to your Raspberry Pi. This device has an excellent form factor and enough power to handle media playback, making it an ideal component in a low HTPC setup, yet delivering the same XBMC experience that can be enjoyed on much more costly platforms.

Home Automation
Home Automation is a cool subject – Its futurity, energy efficient, everything is everywhere under control and at least its a little bit nerdy/geeky. So concerning sizing, power and pricing the Raspberry Pi is qualified for an house-controller. The additional hard- and software requirements can be achieved by already existing hardware modules and open source software – the setup itself is no rocket science.

Internet radio

Raspberry Pi can be a perfect set up as a Wifi internet radio. SSH into to set up your playlist. Streams play on MPC and MPD so you have command line access. Hit up or down on the buttons and the player moves on to the next item in the playlist. You fill the Rpi up with streams that you like and save them and thats it, personalized internet radio player for $44.

The full write-up including links to all the important information (where to buy the Wifi, setup, Adafruit instructions, etc) are on this blog:http://contractorwolf.wordpress.com/raspberry-pi-radio/

Weather Station

The raspberry can be the perfect for a weather station,

These are just some ideas of what you can do with your raspberry, other people use it in their Car as entertainment box, to manage their garden or to build small ftp/web server or a NAS server for their home, like someone said, the limit is your imagination.

What can I do with Banana Pi?

Build…

  • A computer
  • A wireless server
  • Games
  • Music and sounds
  • HD video
  • A speaker
  • Android
  • Scratch
  • Pretty much anything else, because Banana Pi is open source

Who’s it for?

Banana Pi is for anyone who wants to start creating with technology – not just consuming it. It’s a simple, fun, useful tool that you can use to start taking control of the world around you.

Hardware specification :

CPU A20 ARM® Cortex™-A7 Dual-Core
GPU ARM Mali400MP2 Complies with OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1
Memory (SDRAM) 1GB DDR3 (shared with GPU)
Onboard Storage SD (Max. 64GB) / MMC card slot UP to 2T on SATA disk
Onboard Network 10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ45 (optional USB WIFI Dongle)
Camera Input A CSI input connector allows for the connection of a designed camera module
Sound Input Mic
Video Outputs HDMI, CVBS , LVDS/RGB
Audio Output 3.5 mm Jack and HDMI
Power Source 5 volt via MicroUSB(DC In Only) and/or MicroUSB (OTG)
USB 2.0 Ports 2 (direct from Allwinner A20 chip)
Buttons Reset button: Next to MicroUSB connector

Power button: Next to Reset button

UBoot button (optional): Behind HDMI connector

GPIO(2X13) pin GPIO,UART,I2C bus,SPI bus with two chip selects,

CAN bus,ADC,PWM,+3.3v,+5v,ground.

LED Power Status LED (Red)

Ethernet Status LED (Blue)

User Define LED (Green)

Remote IR
Supported OS
Android Android 4.4 Debian Ubuntu Raspbian
Supported Apps
Scratch

Set up your Banana Pi

According to the set up diagram below, you can easily set up your Banana Pi.

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FOSS – A Boon For Information and Library science technology

foss1FOSS – A Boon For Information and Library science technology

 

Glee to use Foss :

The fundamental difference between the movements is in their values, their ways of looking at the world, for the open source movement , the issue of whether software should open source is a practical question, not an ethical one. As one person put it “ open source is a development methodology, free software is social movement “ for the open source movement, non-free software is a suboptimal solution. For the free software movement, non-free software is social problem and free software is the solution.Today the young generation is facing challenging times, While many new opportunities are opening for employment, they also need new skills and Knowledge.Free and open source software (FOSS) is now an indispensable part of every
organization, ranging from infrastructure software to end-user applications, passing through a myriad of developer tools. Furthermore, the free software movement led to innovations in software licensing, economic models, communication and collaboration processes, among other areas, which have been driving FOSS research in both computer science and social sciences. Open source software is not something to be afraid of! It’s software that you can modify, fix, add to, and distribute to others. Benefits are numerous, including having the ability to create good software that works for you and your library, all while paying a fraction of the cost that you might spend on proprietary software.

How Open Source Software Can Improve Our Library :
Remember a time when doing research required us to have to go to the library? Our school had one, and that’s probably we spent most of library time. If it wasn’t our school, then it was probably our local town or city library. Some of these libraries may have been tiny little holes in the wall with just a few thousand books while others were huge university libraries with of books, magazines, newspapers, cd/dvd and more. The depth a library can have can range greatly; it all depends on how much money that library gets in funding.The big college libraries obviously get the most due to the fact that they are part of an actual business model that produces a significant amount of money. Public libraries on the other hand only get what the government gives them, which in smaller municipalities can be very little.

Organizing Libraries :

For many libraries, organizing books and other media can be a daunting task, especially as the library grows with more material. Years ago we had card catalog system that kept things organized, but were difficult to maintain. With today’s computing technology, organizing our libraries has never been easier or more efficient. Gone is the card catalog and in some libraries, it’s much easier to locate a book through an internet connection and picking it up upon your arrival, rather then wasting the time scouring the aisles looking for your next read. Now just because the world has been blessed with wonderful software solutions that make everything easier to do, doesn’t mean that every library in the universe is using these solutions. As noted
above, many libraries do not have huge amounts of money and any that they do get usually goes to purchasing additional resources for you to have at your disposal (think about how many books get printed in a year). Because of this need for software (and the installation and training costs associated with any), andthe lack of money available to spend on it, many libraries are left to fend for themselves when it comes to staying up-to-date with the latest technology. Unless, of course, they embrace the open source movement and  use some of the countless software solutions available to help out.

 

Basic Computer Programs :
Debian : based Ubuntu/linuxmint or other linux distributios : The most popular player in the Linux-based operating system . Ubuntu is a perfect solution for libraries who need to upgrade their older computers using outdated Windows or for bulk computer purchases requiring a new operating system. Many libraries feature computers for users to gain access to the internet, and that being the only function those computers serve. Why pay for all the unwanted things on Windows when you just need to get online? You might be a little scared at first of a new operating system, but just like anything else, the hardest part is getting started. Plus, there’s plenty of Ubuntu installation help out there to give you a hand.

Firefox: So, you’ve installed Ubuntu and are ready to continue a Microsoft-free lifestyle. What next? One of the first things you’ll notice is that you have a new browser to surf the web with. Firefox offers a much more secure browsing experience compared to IE . The biggest draw, however, is the modifications that can be made to Firefox through its many plug-ins, which can make using the net more constructive.

Libre Office: Another component you’ll find bundled with your Ubuntu operating system is a software package known as Libre office Does “office” sound familiar? Of course is does; you’ve probably used Microsoft’s Office products many times before, including the industry standard “Word”, “Excel” and “PowerPoint” programs. Well guess what? LIbre Office can do the same thing.
Thunderbird: Firefox’s little brother program, Thunderbird, is the Mozilla foundations open-source alternative to Microsoft’s Outlook Express.

Designe Programs

GIMP: Is the GNU Image Manipulation Program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and
image authoring.GIMP is for you!we’re going with GIMP, a Photoshop alternative.
INKSCAPE: A powerful, free design tool Whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector imagery, Inkscape is for you! we’re going with Inkscape, a Coreldraw alternative.
AUDACITY: Audacity is cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. For those looking to get a little more creative in the library, you’ll want to make sure that you can record and edit audio;
AVIDEMUX: A video editing software program for users to edit together online video. Avidemux can take care of simple cutting, filtering, and encoding tasks, and work in a variety of file formats. It’s not going to produce any elaborate visual effects for you, but it’ll take care of the simple ones and would be a great addition to a library’s catalog of resources.

Web Publishing

WordPress : started out as a quick, free, open-source solution blogging solution just a few years ago; today it is a perfect alternative to building a web site from scratch. In addition to being free to use (and easy to install), the WordPress community has exploded, with thousands of users and programmers creating custom themes and plug-ins to completely change the way the software looks and operates.

Drupal : Is another open source web publishing option that some libraries may want to consider using. One of the most important aspects of any library is its community, and that’s where the technology behind Drupal might come in to play a little better. Many have used the software to build rich community based web sites where many different users can control a large amount of content.

MediaWiki : Is the original software that powered the famous Wikipedia, which basically allows users to create and edit information from a very simple to use text interface. Another open source wiki platform is TWiki, a flexible and powerful enterprise wiki that is perfect for project management. These wiki solutions can be used as alternatives to the web publishing methods.So, it seem that there are some very powerful solutions available today that could be used to create a much more resourceful library, whether it’s a large college or state financed operation, or a local community library that before probably didn’t do much for that community in the technology department. By using open source software in the library, money that otherwise would be spent on software solutions can be used for other important resources, such as purchasing additional media resources (books, magazines, dvds), or can be used to hire educated, technical support that provides patrons with the know how to better use already existing resources. In addition, this free software is constantly being updated, changed, and customized to meet the library’s needs. While all of this is fine and hdandy, and sounds like the win-win solution for your library, there are still pitfalls and hurdles we’ll need to over come. Hopefully this article provides some introductory information as to how to your library off of traditional computing products and dive into the pool of open source resources available today. Many libraries are fully integrated into Microsoft products like Outlook Exchange and have
invested a lot of time and money to make these systems work efficiently. Other problems involve the installation, maintenance, and training costs associated with adapting to open source software, as it can be at times difficult to understand at first (mostly because of our dependence on Windows based products); usability is an issue that is being addressed by the open source community daily who is working hard to make these free products easier for all to use and maintain. As with any form of technology, many usually fear what they are not used to and do not understand.Hopefully, as the word gets out and more of our peers and fellow educators use and promote the open source movement, we will all will embrace and become more comfortable using these open source solutions, and in the future be responsible for contributing and and becoming part of the open source movement.
So, I covered some of the basic and advanced programs that traditionally, would set a library back in terms of finances. By running the above free open sources programs, a library could offer plenty of software resources to it’s patrons that if could afford to do in the past. While these programs are free, some of them (especially the photo, audio, and video programs) may be difficult for the first time or novice user to grasp. It will be up to the librarians and staff to educate themselves in order to provide their patrons with the know-how to get the most out of these programs (thus providing the greatest resource a library can offer -assistance in retrieving and properly using available tools and information).In addition to these tools being helpful to a library’s patrons, they are obviously very important to the operations of a library as well, and it will benefit each employee to use the same open source programs for library operations as to educate the employee of the ins and outs of each software program, so that knowledge can then be shared with a patron should a question or problem ever arise. But what of the other
computing needs of the library? Obviously we still have some other very important organizing and cataloging needs as we addressed earlier. In addition, a library needs to have a strong online presence and offer their knowledge and support through the internet in order to really provide a resource. Thankfully, there are open source solutions for the library to take advantage in these departments.

“Check out my Favorite” Tools for Libraries.
Greenstone : Greenstone is a suite of open-source software or building and distributing digital library collections.
OpenBiblio : OpenBiblio is an open-source ILS containing OPAC, circulation, cataloging,and staff administration functionality.
Koha : Koha is an open source integrated library system using an OPAC interface. Evergreen : Evergreen is an open source integrated library system (ILS) designed by the Georgia PINES consortium and used in over 544 libraries of all types, worldwide. Used to help managae, catalog, and circulate materials.

DSpace :Incorporates a digital asset management system and helps to create, index and retrieve various forms of digital contents. DSpace is adaptable to various needs of Libraries and Information Centres and maintains built-in interoperability programs for application between various systems.
Phpmybibli : is a Libraryautomation application. The program consist of cataloging, circulation, and the webpac module.

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Welcome to the 2014 GNOME.Asia Summit, Beijing China (May 24~25, 2014)

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GNOME.Asia Summit is an annual conference for GNOME users and developers in Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop and other devices that use GNOME, and also covers GNOME-based applications and GNOME development platform tools. It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss both the present technologies and future developments.  

GNOME.Asia summit 2014 will be held in Beijing China, May 24-25, 2014 in Beihang University. The first ever GNOME.Asia Summit 2008 was hosted in Beijing. It will be  great for GNOME.Asia to come back to Beijing again in the 2014 year. Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, has been the political and cultural center of China for centuries.  The city is renowned for its palaces, temples, huge stone walls and gates, and its art treasures and universities have made it a center of culture and art in China. There are good airport connections, and train/bus/subway infrastructure.  We believe that hosting the event in Beijing will bring the spotlight on GNOME and make an impact locally, regionally and internationally in terms of business and community buildin.

GNOME.Asia Summit 2014 follows the release of GNOME 3.12, helping to bring new desktop paradigms which facilitate user interaction in the computing world.  It will be a great place to celebrate and explore the many new features and enhancements to GNOME 3 and to help make GNOME as successful as possible.

 

Please protest the “Windows 8 Campus Tour”

Microsoft is running “Windows 8 Campus Tour” events at many US universities. We’re inviting free software supporters, associated with the universities in question, to mount simple nondisruptive protests at these events.

This kind of protest is easy to do. Just print copies of http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/malware-microsoft.html and http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-software-even-more-important.html, then stand near the entrance to the event and hand them out to those who enter or pass by. If they ask you for more explanation of the issue, please explain politely. If they are disputacious, you don’t have to argue with them, and we recommend not doing so; you can say, “We appear to have a deep disagreement; see gnu.org for where we stand.”

It is good to make a sign, especially a tall sign that can rest on the floor leaning against a wall, but you don’t need one. Use few words, and big bold letters, so it is readable from a distance.

 

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Protesting is more fun if two or more people protest together, but one person can do it. If several want to participate, you could divide up the time — those two people for two hours tomorrow, those two for an hour on Monday, etc.

The dates vary from university to university (see the list below), but most of the events have already started. Many end tomorrow, but that still offers time to act. Others continue through next week or even later. Some events already ended, but we deleted them from the list below.

This is an opportunity to spread the word to people who have never heard even a hint of ethical criticism of proprietary software such as Windows.

“Six Days Training Program on Computer Interfaced Science Experiments”

“Six Days Training Program on Computer Interfaced Science Experiments” is scheduled from 28-Apr-2014 to 3-May-2014. The program will cover experiments using expEYES interface, Python programming and some of the Free Software tools for scientific computation.

Physics & electronics teachers from Universities and affiliated colleges may apply. Selected candidates are given travel and accommodation support.

Those who attended the program earlier are requested to forward this mail to others. 

The last date of Online Registration is 26-Feb-2014.

 
 

FOSSASIA in Phnom Penh – Feb.28 – Mar.2, 2014

Dear friends,

FOSSASIA event will take place in Phnom Penh at the end of
the month from Feb.28 – Mar.2.

It would be great to see you at the event. There are still a few slots available if you would like add your session to an exciting list of
highlights like:

* Colin Charles will give a keynote about MariaDB, the DB running Wikipedia
* Danh Hong will talk about Google Webfonts and Khmer Keyboard support
* Alex Hecht will talk about FirefoxOS
* Typo3 will send four contributors from Europe
* Fedora will fly in eight ambassadors
* Fam Zheng will talk about New Storage Features in QEMU/KVM
* Cat Allman and Stephanie Taylor will join us from the Google head office
* Michael Cannon will give a workshop about commercial plugin development for WordPress
* Sebastian Helzle will introduce development with Jquery and AngularJS
* Wan Leung Wong from Hong Kong will demonstrate his 3D printer project in action
* Bastian Bittorf will build an OpenWrt based wifi mesh network with participants
* Julia Yuchin Cheng will talk about HpfeedsHoneyGraph for visualizing and ranking malicious websites
* Debian developer Martin Krafft will give a workshop on Debian packaging
* Nguyen Anh Tu will introduce Apache CloudStack
* Ten GSoC students will join us from across Asia
* and many more

Speaker Registration: http://fossasia.org/registration-speakers-and-projects

 

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