After yesterday’s post, I started placing the order that I talked about. While putting the order in, I found several 4GB Sandisk SD cards, so I didnt put that item on the order but did keep the 8GB card on the list. I added a SD card holder that would hold 2 SD cards or several microSD card so that if I wanted to have several different Linux OS’s at hand (or a backup copy of what I am already using) that I could do so with a minimal amount of space required.
I added a serial to USB console cable from the folks at adafruit to allow me access to the unit as a method of last resort in case there was a driver or other problem to where I couldnt get into it via the network or USB ports. My intent is to be able to use this as a headless unit and not have to have a monitor nearby to deal with a possible config or driver problem. I may be concerned about nothing but $10 was cheap enough that I went ahead and ordered it at this point in the project. All the links you will see at the bottom of the post will take you directly to the page I ordered from to make this easier for you to order when you want to proceed with getting your own Raspberry Pi system.
Once I have my Raspberry Pi up and running, I will order a few additional parts that will allow me to connect to a VGA or DVI monitors, Wifi capability, possibly Bluetooth capability, and a Pelican case for good measure. For those of you that have read some of my previous posts, you will know how much I like Pelican cases. I am looking at this for a longer term situation where I may need to have this with me when I fly to a client site and I want it to get there intact. In that case I probably wont take the keyboard just to save space.
To see more of my posts about the Raspberry Pi, please go to http://www.ronnutter.com/category/raspberry-pi/