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Moe Long is an editor, writer, and tech buff with a particular appreciation for Linux, Raspberry Pis, and retro gaming. When he's not hammering away at his keyboard, he enjoys running, reading, watching cinema, and listening to vinyl. You can read his writings on film and pop culture at CupOfMoe.com and check out his thoughts on movies on the Celluloid Fiends podcast.
The Raspberry Pi is a fantastic maker board with tons of potential. It's simple to get started with, and incredibly functional. Because of its low power consumption, the Raspberry Pi remains ideal for use as an always-on PC. As such, running a media or file server works well on a Pi. Similarly, the Raspberry Pi presents ideal hardware for a torrent box. Learn how to make a Raspberry Pi torrent box!
The Orange Pi Prime is a neat single-board computer similar to the Raspberry Pi. Its powerful hardware makes it suitable for a bevy of uses. While picking an operating system for the Orange Pi Prime might afford the most excitement, a case to protect your SBC is equally as essential. Though cases for the Orange Pi Prime aren't as prevalent as Raspberry Pi cases are, you can still find some solid choices. Check out the best Orange Pi Prime cases you can buy!
The single-board computer (SBC) space is populated with tons of maker boards. While the Raspberry Pi is arguably the best known and most popular, there's the Odroid XU4, Orange Pi Prime, Asus Tinker Board, and more. Now, Pi Supply is poised to launch the IoT LoRa board in a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign. Learn more about the IoT LoRa board!
The Odroid XU4 is among my favorite Raspberry Pi alternatives. With its octa-core processing, eMMC module support, and operating system (OS) compatibility, the Odroid XU4 is a versatile single-board computer. Though the XU4 is well-suited to use for a bevy of projects, one of the most enjoyable and fun endeavors is making a DIY Nintendo 64 Classic with an OGST Gaming Console Kit for XU4.
The maker space ranges from do-it-yourself (DIY) electronics projects to art. Certain maker endeavors combine functions, requiring soldering or etching. Enter the 3Dsimo MultiPro. This incredibly versatile tool for makers is comprehensive, boasting 3D drawing, soldering, foam cutting, and burning capabilities. Learn more about the 3Dsimo, from what it is to what it can do!
With October comes the usual slew of pumpkin-flavored coffee, popcorn, cereal, and virtually anything mildly food-related. What better way to celebrate than with a fun, seasonal maker project? Whether you're looking for a seasonal creation for adults, a family-friendly endeavor, or something in between, there's an option for you. Check out the best DIY Halloween projects for makers!
System76 might not be the only Linux PC manufacturer on the market, but it's certainly one, if not the, top Linux PC companies around. Offering pre-built Linux laptops, servers, and desktops, System76 made the foray into the operating system space with its Pop!_OS, an Ubuntu derivative which concentrates on makers and do-it-yourself (DIY) fanatics. However, System76 isn't just providing a customized Linux distro. Now, the Denver, Colorado-based company prepares to launch a set of open-source desktops.
The Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC Renegade is a nifty Raspberry Pi competitor. This single-board computer features tons of case options since it's compatible with many Raspberry Pi cases. Plus, it's capable of running a variety of applications, from home theatre PC (HTPC) and gaming apps to media server software. Check out the best Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC operating systems (OSes) you can find!
Maker Faire Rome, the European Edition hits on October 12-14, 2018. In typical Maker Faire fashion, this event will focus on the maker space. More specifically, Maker Faire Rome promises an onus on robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and spaceflight. Packed with innovators, makers, and visionaries, Maker Faire Rome - The European Edition will take place at Fiera di Roma. Boasting seven pavillions, it's a wide-spanning event with tons of coverage. Learn more about Maker Faire Rome 2018!
Because of its small footprint, energy efficiency, and reasonable computing power, the Raspberry Pi makes an excellent server. You can spin up a media server using the likes of Plex, Emby, and OpenMediaVault, or a web server running WordPress, Drupal, Apache, or NGINX. Similarly, you can make a Python web server with a Raspberry Pi and Flask. Learn how to build a Raspberry Py Python web server!
The Raspberry Pi is a versatile single-board computer. Because of its small footprint and low power consumption, the Pi makes an ideal web server. You can run Nginx, WordPress, or Drupal on the Raspberry Pi. Similarly, you may create a Raspberry Pi Apache web server as well. Check out this Apache Raspberry Pi server installation!
Mycroft on the Raspberry Pi is a neat artificial intelligence (AI) project. This do-it-yourself (DIY) virtual assistant provides an open-source alternative to the likes of Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana. You can spin up Mycroft on the Raspberry Pi, or purchase a Mycroft device such as the Mark I or Mark II that's ready to go out-of-the-box. When the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ launched, compatibility with Mycroft for the Pi, or Picroft, broke. However, with an update to Raspbian Stretch, Picroft now works on the Raspberry Pi 3 B+.
ASUS scored a major hit with its Tinker Board. The credit card-sized single-board computer sports a Rochchip RK3328 Cortex-A17 quad-core system-on-chip (SoC), 4K video support, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and an ARM Mali-T764 GPU. There are loads of ASUS Tinker Board operating system (OS) options, from the Debian-based TinkerOS to Laka, Android, and Flint OS. While you can get started with the ASUS Tinker Board using merely the board itseslf, a power supply, and microSD card, you'll likely want a case as well. Check out the best ASUS Tinker Board case options you can buy!
Running a Raspberry Pi web server is among my favorite projects for the ultra-popular single-board computer. Installing WordPress or Drupal on a Raspberry Pi remains simple yet convenient. Balancing modest computing power with energy efficiency, the Raspberry Pi handles server purposes with ease. Free, open-source HTTP server software Nginx is a top choice for a high-performance server. Learn how to make a Raspberry Pi Nginx web server!
A tiny, credit card-sized maker board, the Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC has tons of uses. Similarly, many operating systems (OSes) run on the Libre Computer ROC Renegade. Station OS runs on the Roc-RK3328-CCC and Firefly-RK3399 for an Android-based media center operating system. Running Station OS provides an excellent home theatre PC (HTPC) foundation. With its emphasis on retro gaming and streaming media, it's a DIY Android TV box option. Learn about getting started with Station OS on the Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC!
The Orange Pi Prime is, as the name suggests, a Raspberry Pi competitor. Aside from the fruit-filled name, the Orange Pi Prime shares much in common with the Raspberry Pi. Notably, both maker boards boast an impressive roster of compatible operating systems. From Linux to Android, these are the Orange Pi Prime best OS options available!
While there are tons of maker boards, the Raspberry Pi remains the most popular single-board computer (SBC) on the market. It's a versatile board that's capable of running anything from a basic Linux desktop to a retro arcade and robotics. Still, it's far from the only option around. Plenty of SBCs provide viable Raspberry Pi alternatives. Among these, the Odroid XU4 is a top choice. Packed with computing power, tons of operating system (OS) compatibility, and featuring many case options, the Odroid XU4 is an awesome maker board. Check out the best Odroid XU4 projects you can make!
The Raspberry Pi is arguably the best single-board computer (SBC) on the market. With a bevy of compatible operating systems, software options, and hardware accessories, it's a well-supported maker board. While you can perform basic tasks like setting up a Linux desktop and creating a retro gaming arcade with Lakka, RetroPie, or Recalbox, the utilitarian Raspberry Pi can be used for tons of projects. With its balance of computing performance, a small footprint, and low power draw, the Raspberry Pi may be used as a web server running content management systems (CMSes) such as Drupal. Learn how to install WordPress on Raspberry Pi boards in this Raspberry Pi WordPress tutorial!