“Raspberry Jam” February 28th 1 to 5 pm

A Raspberry Jam is an event centered around the Raspberry Pi, a very cheap Linux computer designed for education and popular among hobbyists.  The weekend of February 28, the Raspberry Pi will be 3 years old.  This event is about the Raspberry Pi hardware specifically, and Linux in general, preferably the versions of Linux that run on the Pi.  We’ll try to have something for beginners as well as those with a bit of experience.

There will be at least 3 talks.

Powering your Pi: The Raspberry Pi foundation kept the cost of the Pi down by leaving the power supply to you.  They think it will run on an old cell phone charger you have lying around, and it might if you are careful about a few things.  This talk will address why stable power is the most common cause when the Raspberry Pi appears to be broken, and some solutions

Making Your Pi into a Web Server:  This talk will explore one way of getting your Pi to serve web pages on your home network, and on the world wide web.

Making Your Pi into a Mail Server:  There’s more to making the Pi into a mail server than just apt-get install, but it starts there.  Making a mail server is more complex than a web server, and this talk will explore the issues.

Come to learn, come to share what you’ve learned: Several Raspberry Pi computers will be networked together and available for those attending to explore. There will be extra Ethernet and WiFi connections for those who bring their own.  HacDC just upgraded, so high-speed internet will be available.  We’ll also be able to initialize SD cards for the Pi and offer assistance if you’re having trouble getting your Pi to go.

We’d welcome presenters for a few more talks, some simpler, some more advanced.  Maybe a talk on configuration management or prudent precautions to take when your computer is exposed to the web.  Well try to adjust the topics and emphasis to accommodate whoever shows up.  Kids are often introduced to computing with Scratch, Mine Craft, or Sonic Pi; programs created for that purpose.  We’d welcome people who can talk about these kid-friendly subjects.

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