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24 January 2013

Raspberry Pi Potpourri: January

Are you looking to make the most of your Raspberry Pi computer?

Then take at Micro Mart magazine this week to see the first of my monthly article series covering Raspberry Pi news, community events, hardware, software, games and tips.

Here are a few extracts:

The Model A board is an even cheaper entry point to Raspberry Pi computing. The goal was to produce a $25 board, to complement the $35 Model B. To achieve this price a few components are missing. Nevertheless, there are some advantages to owning a Model A.

The Pi Store is a joint venture involving IndieCity (indiecity.com) and Velocix (velocix.com). A client app runs on the Raspberry Pi as an X application. The latest update to the official Raspbian image already contains the store app.

If you have an older image the app can be downloaded by typing the commands below into a terminal window on your Internet-connected Raspberry Pi:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install pistore

A blog post in late 2012 from Mojang, the Stockholm-based indie games development company, confirmed it is working on a Raspberry Pi version of Minecraft (minecraft.net). Dubbed the Minecraft: Pi Edition it's a port of the existing Minecraft: Pocket Edition.

Interestingly, and totally in keeping with the Raspberry Pi theme of open software, this will be a 'hackable' version of the game.

Visit my Raspberry Pi page for news, reviews, advice and tutorials.

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