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News this week in the Pi World

rock64

Rock64 by Pine64

This same Monday, July 31, will begin distributing this board developed by the company Pine64, which already have a small market share with cheap and quality boards. You can choose the amount of RAM (from 1 to 4GB) and support 4K HDR10 thanks to its Mali-450MP2. While waiting for news about Raspberry Pi 4, let's review the best of the week in the Pi World.

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Raspberry Pi Home Automation with Arduino(free Ebook)

RPi Home Automation

By combining the Raspberry Pi with an Arduino board you'll be able to revolutionize the way you interact with your home and become part of a rapidly growing group of hobbyists and enthusiasts...

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Keeping a process running after SSH has been closed

bash

It is a question that has been asked by a guy in a Slack channel and piqued my curiosity. Thanks to DuckDuckGo the answer came alone:


# Instead of running a process as,
$ proc &
# Try to use:
$ nohup proc &

The nohup will prevent the process from being terminated when the terminal disconect. Another solution is using the screen command. You have some examples at thegeekstuff.com.

News this week in the Pi World

knightscope_k5

This week has passed away Knightscope K5, a police robot that patrolled a mall in the city of Washington. He ended his miserable life by throwing himself into a fountain and now investigates what might have happened. From here I want to honor the memory of this robot who had no opportunities in his life to prove his bravery. A drunkard beat him up earlier and maybe could not overcome that humiliation.

If you have a board in a forgotten drawer please take it out sometime. Give it a ride, give it a beer, greet it once in a while...

Well, let's review what happened this week in the Pi World and I'm going to put a little color to everything around us...

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Configure closest mirror with netselect-apt in Debian

Lastest_mirrors

The default installation is configured to download the packages from a remote server that is sometimes saturated. The best thing is to call the closest mirror and that can be done with the netselect-apt package, which can be installed as usual:


sudo apt install -y netselect-apt

Now we invoke it with sudo netselect-apt version, where version is the version we currently have (jessie, stretch).

Notice that this solution does not support Raspbian, as it has its own mirrors and this application will not update your /etc/apt/sources.list. Although you can introduce it by hand. For Spain we could write:


# Comment the current mirror
sudo sed -i '/deb http:\/\/m/s/^/#/' /etc/apt/sources.list
# Add the Spain mirror to /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://ftp.cica.es/mirrors/Linux/raspbian/raspbian/ jessie main contrib non-free rpi" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'

I leave you the link with all the mirrors below.

Link: raspbian.org/RaspbianMirrors

BENJA based on Electron for Raspberry Pi and ODROID

benja

BENJA stands for Bootable Electron Node Js Application. It is an operating system mounted over Arch Linux with software prepared to be used in Kiosk mode. It has pre-installed Node.js, rasp-io for access to in/out ports, in addition to johnny-five, which is no longer That a framework based on Javascript used for robotics and IoT.

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