Add More Fruit to Your Raspberry Pi!

Since this month was our Raspberry Pi issue, I did some research on "what folks do with their Raspberry Pi". I sent queries out via Twitter, Facebook, the Linux Journal Web site and even the #linuxjournal IRC room. When it comes to doing extra-geeky projects with the RPi, every person I spoke with mentioned buying parts from Adafruit.

Anybody familiar with Raspberry Pi development most likely has done business with Adafruit. I had the pleasure of speaking with Limor Fried, owner of Adafruit Industries regarding its most popular products. Although I was expecting the most common Raspberry Pi-related sales to be cases or SD cards, as it happens, the list of most-popular products was much geekier!

Figure 1. The Raspberry Pi can be a building block to nerdery! (Photo from www.adafruit.com.)

While the low-profile microSD card adapter is popular, Limor told me the breakout boards and breadboard PCB kits are the most-popular items. This news both surprised and fascinated me. Although I've certainly done some cool things with RPi, the notion that folks have been doing elaborate and complex projects based on the Raspberry Pi is awesome! (A special thanks to Limor at Adafruit for talking to me about what folks are doing with their Raspberry Pi devices.)

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Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter

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I'm not surprised that breadboards are so popular. You really need one to get the most out of owning a Raspberry Pi. I used an Ada Fruit Cobbler to connect my Pi to a breadboard. http://raspberrywebserver.com/gpio/connecting-gpio-to-a-breadboard.html

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RPi is something that is rapidly making its way to the market. I have seen many people trying to do extra things with little powerful bug. I am pretty shocked to learn about the list.

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