You can get the “Wolfram Language” & “Mathematica” on Raspian, for free!

The Raspberry Pi Foundation and Wolfram research have teamed up to bring Mathematica to the Pi.

What is Mathematica? Well according to the official Matematica site:

Almost any workflow involves computing results, and that’s what Mathematica does—from building a hedge-fund trading website or publishing interactive engineering textbooks, to developing embedded image-recognition algorithms or teaching calculus.

Mathematica is renowned as the world’s ultimate application for computations. But it’s much more—it’s the only development platform fully integrating computation into complete workflows, moving you seamlessly from initial ideas all the way to deployed individual or enterprise solutions.

All future downloads of Raspian will include the software be default but you can get it now but running the following in an LXTerminal Window:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wolfram-engine

It’s a pretty hefty download (some 600mb) so make sure you have enough space on your SD card and a bit of time for the packages to come down.

(More info at the official Raspberry Pi Blog)

NOOBS

The Raspberry Pi has a pretty good range of different operating systems and disk images that can be downloaded turning your Pi into a media center, a Scratch development machine and much more.

But downloading and installing these images can be tricky. How To Geek has a great post covering a project called NOOBS which aims to make it dead simple to install one of the major OS. If you’re confused by all the advanced tutorials to get started then check this out!

The Pi is at the heart of Kano, a computer anyone can make

Another day another cool Pi related project on Kickstarter.

This time it’s Kano – a build your own computer kit that features a Pi, a great keyboard with a built in track pad, a speaker and much more:

Kano: A computer anyone can make

1 – Kano Books, illustrated and intuitive
2 – Kano OS and Levels on 8GB SD card
3 – DIY Speaker
4 – Raspberry Pi Model B
5 – Kano Keyboard Combo
6 – Custom case
7 – Card mods and stencils
8 – Stickers!
9 – Cables: HDMI*, Mini-USB
10 – Smart power plug (all region pins available)
11 – WiFi powerup

Prices start at around $100 but this kit includes pretty much everything you’d need to get up an running with your Pi so is worth a look!

DFRP will be at Make Jersey!

A bit short notice but Rob (editor in chief here at Damn Fine Raspberry Pi) will be up at D’Auvergne School on Saturday 23rd Nov from 10am – 2pm with a whole bunch of Pis as part of Make Jersey.

From their web page:

Following on from the success of Maker faire, Kids Code Academy Jersey are holding their very own spin off event. The faire welcomes students of all ages, family and friends who are fans of technology and creativity. The day will offer a range of workshops and exhibitions that enable participants to explore areas of modern technology.

The event is being organised by Kids Code Academy and is free to attend so if you’re interested in Pis, 3D printing or other seriously cool technology then why not pop by?

Oh dear

No new posts since July? You’d be forgiven for thinking this site has died.

It hasn’t! And there are tons of cool new Pi developments happening all the time but the poor editor has other demands on his time.

That said he’ll be doing his utmost to return to a steady stream of Pi related content over the next few weeks.

In the mean time, if you have something to share then please leave a comment.