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Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials

By : Piotr J Kula
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Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials

By: Piotr J Kula

Overview of this book

There’s no end to what you can do with a Raspberry Pi – it makes a huge range of tech projects possible. This book shows you how to transform it into a multipurpose web server, able to store and manage resources that lets you build some truly innovative and impressive computing creations. You’ll learn how to use your Raspberry Pi 2 to host a website using a range of different languages, host a game server, store files, and run everything from a media center to a cloud network. If you want to take control of your technological world, start building your own server and find out what’s possible with the Raspberry Pi microcomputer. Begin by getting your Pi set up – follow each step as the book shows you how to prepare a network and configure the additional features that you’ll need to build your projects. Once you’ve done this you’ll dig a little deeper and set up your pi as a file server, making sure it’s built for speed using a range of different tools, including Python, Node.js and ASP.NET. Following this the book shows you how to extend your server to allow you to host games, and stream live HD video before customizing it even further to create a fully-fledged media center. It doesn’t stop there however – the book then dives into the exciting world of the Internet of Things (IoT). You’ll learn how to install Windows IoT onto your Raspberry Pi, the operating system that’s driving embedded software projects all around the world. Once you’ve done this you’ll be ready to explore IoT further, as the book shows you how to use your device to host a cloud network that can form the basis of a wider IoT project.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Apache versus nginx versus Kestrel

With the release of .NET 5, Microsoft has managed to bring a full stack of C# deployment targets to Linux. ASP web applications, such as the popular ASP.MVC, can be hosted on Linux by using Kestrel, a development web server based on libuv. Libuv was primarily developed for use by Node.js and focuses on asynchronous input/output.

Nginx is still the first choice in embedded devices for managing HTTP traffic as an extremely fast and lightweight reverse proxy server, ahead of Apache.

Apache remains one of the more popular HTTP servers due to the fact that it comes bundled with images, but is also extremely easy to install and configure. However, it is typically used on full desktop machines or servers because it requires a lot of resources. It is not recommended to use Apache on a Raspberry Pi or other embedded device, and it will not be covered in this book.

From the Netcraft report, we can see that the three top servers are Apache, Microsoft, and nginx. Microsoft...