Linux


Giving new life to a Segate DockStar

Or, how I learned to hack things.

We at the Lab had a Segate DockStar kicking around, taking up space. I had been looking for a tiny NAS to run some home storage things, so a donation to the kitty later and away I go. However, I couldn’t put my 2.5″ PATA adapter onto it stock, so it needed a new home. That home happens to be sandwiched between some slabs of Inventables plexiglass. I’m kicking myself for not taking more pictures, but the overall design is pretty simple: Two sheets of plexiglass.
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Getting started with the STM32F4Discovery 1

If you follow the Hack-A-Day stream, you’ve probably seen the STM32F0Discovery board come up on occasion. I have two of these boards and I like them — they have what I need for basic stuff, but I wanted some more horse-power (and USB Host.) Quickly, to the STM32F4Discovery!

The target here is people who’ve outgrown the world of AVR and need something running faster; you should be capable and comfortable with diving into your PATH, mucking with environment variables and reading some pretty deep C.

STM32F4 Discovery board (From ST)

STM32F4 Discovery (From ST)

I was given one of these for xmas a little while back (read: 8 months ago) and played with it, getting demo code to run on it. ST did something very painful and/or clever in that they produced this board, for hobbyists, but conveniently forgot to point to a clean, unadulterated compiler.

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Installing the Arduino Development Environment on LINUX 2

ArduinoUnoFront

Source: arduino.cc

After a few of us discovered how needlessly complicated many of the setup guides were for Debian/Ubuntu systems, we decided to do a quick tutorial on the steps to get started with Arduino as a public service.

Quick install directions for people using a Debian based LINUX distro, like Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jre gcc-avr avr-libc
Then get the package for your platform from http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software, 32 or 64 bit linux.
Unpack the archive:
cd
tar xvf Downloads/arduino*.tgz

Put a symbolic link to …/arduino???/arduino on your path:
cd /usr/local/bin
sudo ln -s ~/arduino-0023/arduino

Open the IDE, arduino& on the command line, and select the correct serial port possibly ttyACM0.

Bam Done!

Install a launcher for /usr/local/bin/arduino if desired.


Quelab’s 2nd Linux Night!

Our last Linux Night was a huge success, so we’re doing it again (and hopefully again and again and again!).

Tux, the open-source penguin

Interested in Linux but not sure where to start? Installed Ubuntu but not sure what to do next? Having trouble with your Linux install and need help from an expert? Well, we can help. Bring your computer down on Tuesday September 13 at 7:00pm for our second Learn about Linux Night! We can help you install Linux, troubleshoot, and learn how to love the terminal. A $5 donation is requested.


7/12 – Learn about Linux Night @ 7:00 pm FREE 1

Tux, the open-source penguin

Interested in Linux but not sure where to start? Installed Ubuntu but not sure what to do next? Having trouble with your Linux install and need help from an expert? Well, we can help. Bring your computer down on Tuesday July 12 at 7:00pm for our first Learn about Linux Night!  We can help you install Linux, troubleshoot, and learn how to love the terminal.  This is a FREE event, bring your friends!