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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


Linux users are familiar with the command-line program called fbi (frame buffer image viewer). We will connect a widescreen monitor or HD TV using an HDMI cable.


You should be aware that square aspect computer monitors smaller than 19 inches or non-HD TVs are generally not supported with HDMI output.

There is a project called HDMIPi that offers an affordable 9-inch, HD 1280 x 800 LCD screen, which plugs into the HDMI port without any extra parts. There are other smaller LCD screens available, but they can be quite expensive, and you need to check compatibility.

Using fbi

On the Raspberry Pi, you can load original sized photos from high quality cameras, but it is recommended to use a fast class 10 SD card or other fast storage. The new quad core processor speeds up loading times considerably. On the Raspberry Pi 1, it was recommended to downsize photos to help loading times. With the Raspberry Pi, it is still advised to downsize, but you can easily keep the images in an HD resolution...