Suggestion: Raspbian "SpiritRover" Distro

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Suggestion: Raspbian "SpiritRover" Distro

Postby esba1ley » Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:22 am

All: Given how much work there seems to be in making the simplified educational layers to:
- i2c devices at 0x1c, 0x32, and 0x6b
- SPI Arduino interface (/dev/ttyAMA0)
- raspberry pi computer vision

Wouldn't it make sense to take a clean build of Raspbian Stretch and put all the software and utilities needed with all the necessary OS configurations pre-configured so that Kevin and his community can focus on Python libraries and AVR/PIC firmware development for robotics instruction using all the above?

That way we could pre-load the web browser bookmarks with references to PlumGeek materials, and other useful references to i2c, SPI, AVR, PIC, and Raspberry PI for ease of use to new users, too.

Is there a git repo somewhere of useful Spirit Rover scripts and firmware? If so, we should bookmark that on github and start contributing our software to run the rover there.

Kevin? what do you think? You could take the image that we build up and post it for distribution on your web hosting service, and then people can flash their SD cards with that image, and follow simple instructions to link a bluetooth keyboard/mouse, setup WiFi, and then access the RasPi via VNC for development as an alternative to plugging in the HDMI cable (although the video bandwidth for computer vision processing will probably require HDMI if you're developing for a video stream, so thanks for keeping that accessible to the user!)

Erik S. Bailey
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