Installing Raspbian Lite, Enabling and Connecting with SSH

In this post, I’ll show you how to download and prepare your Raspberry Pi with the latest version of the Raspbian Lite Operating System (OS) and how to establish an SSH communication.

Raspberry Pi and microSD card

The Raspberry Pi is a computer and like any other computer it needs an OS installed.

The Pi doesn’t have built-in memory, so you’ll need a microSD card to install your OS. I recommend using a microSD card class 10 with at least 8GB of memory.

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Free Up Some Space On Your Raspbian SD Card

There are occasions when you may want to free up some space on your (micro)-SD card. If it’s getting full, or you want to store large media files, or install a large application, you may find you run out of space.

There’s an awful lot of good stuff in the default Raspbian Jessie distro these days, but you may not be using all of it on all of your Pis. So, let’s have a look at which of the pre-installed packages take up a lot of space and could give us “an easy win” here.

If you don’t want a full desktop, there is Jessie Lite too (under a Gigabyte) but, if you want a leaner card with a desktop pre-installed removing, some large packages may be a better way to go.Read More

Steps to Secure Your Raspberry Pi Against Attackers

Raspberry Pi boards are fantastic for any project — they’re cheap, easy to use, can run a wide range of possible operating systems, and provide programmable GPIO pins as well as multi-core CPU availability and multiple USB ports.

You can use Raspberry Pi boards for all kinds of automation and information gathering projects. But, if you are not careful, your little hobby project might result in a security risk that acts as an entry point into your network. They can’t perform secure booting such as ARM Trustzone, and the SD card and operating system are not easily encrypted. Follow these security tips to safeguard your Pi and other devices on your network.Read More

Compile VLC Player with Hardware Acceleration

Thanks to a post on the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Message Board, where people have detailed the instructions on how to easily compile VLC Media Player with Hardware Acceleration. For this project, you’ll just need a Raspberry Pi and the basic peripherals: a power source, screen, keyboard and mouse, and microSD card (you need all of this to get Raspbian Installed in the first place, anyway).

Before we begin, a quick note for those of you who already have Raspbian, and may have installed VLC Media Player from Raspbian’s repositories: I recommend that you remove that version. You can do so by running the command:

sudo apt-get purge vlc

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