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

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.)

Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.

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