Linux User & Developer, Issue 111

Linux User & Developer, Issue 111 coverThis month’s issue of Linux User & Developer features the full publication of my interview with Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton, an extract of which has been quite happily sat at the top of the ‘Most Read’ category on the Linux User website for the past month. Additionally, my regular group test takes a look at project management apps and there’s also a review of internet kiosk distribution WebConverger in there too.

The interview with Eben was, as always, great fun. He’s a busy man, but he’s also a great guy to talk to; never afraid to make his true opinions known, he’s a brilliant interview subject and a scarily clever engineer to boot. He’s also good at giving credit where credit is due, including in his shout-outs to people like fellow Broadcom engineer and creator of the Raspberry Pi Gertboard add-on Gert van Loo.

The group test picks four of the most popular Linux-based project management tools and pits them Gantt-to-Gantt in an attempt to find the one most useful for the majority of people. It was a fairly close-run competition this time round, but sure enough one did raise its head above the others and win the coveted group test winner medal for its efforts.

Finally, the WebConverger review looks at an interesting distribution which aims to make it easy to turn old hardware into a single-use internet kiosk, complete with protections from users and a neat customisation feature. It’s also suitable for digital signage, although as I found during testing it’s not without its issues.

More information is available on the Linux User & Developer website.

Linux User & Developer – Raspberry Pi Interview

Raspberry Pi LogoLinux User & Developer Magazine has just published a hefty extract from my interview with Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton. Due for full publication in the upcoming Linux User & Developer Issue 112, the interview covers the reason behind forming the Raspberry Pi charitable foundation, the foundation’s relationship with Upton’s employer Broadcom and more.

Eben’s a really great guy, and I’m massively appreciative of the time he took for this interview. Coming so close to launch, and while he was working on a dozen other things simultaneously, I know the demands on his time are legion.

Hopefully Linux User’s readers will find it an interesting insight into some of the behind-the-scenes matters relating to the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. I know I did.

The lengthy extract can be found on the Linux User & Developer Magazine website.

UPDATE: Well, it looks like the piece has proven popular. So much so, in fact, that it’s been quoted by Forbes.

Linux User & Developer, Raspberry Pi Preview

Raspberry Pi LogoWhile the magazine won’t be out for another couple of months, Imagine Publishing’s Linux User & Developer is running a teaser of my interview with Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton on its website.

Despite being merely a small extract of two points raised in the interview, it’s proving popular: the article has shot to the top of the ‘most read’ list and looks to be staying there for the duration. Another teaser is planned in the coming weeks, while the full interview will be found in the pages of Linux User & Developer Magazine Issue 111.

The teaser can be found over on the Linux User & Developer website.

Bit-Tech, Raspberry Pi Feature

Raspberry Pi LogoFollowing an interview with Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton last week, the first of two confirmed features: a look at the project, which has created a 700MHz ARM-based credit-card size computer costing just $35, from a modder’s perspective.

Will it take off? Where are the mounting holes? Is it possible to overclock the Broadcom system-on-chip at the heart of the system? What software does it run? Can it play games? Does it support 1080p video playback? Will I ever stop asking these stupid questions?

All this and more answered over on Dennis Publishing’s computing enthusiast site, Bit-Tech.

The second feature to come out of the interview, a more Linux-focused Q&A-style transcription, is scheduled to appear in Imagine Publishing’s Linux User & Developer Magazine, Issue 111.