Al's Adventures With Pi

My adventures with Raspberry Pi and other ARM devices.

Installing Python RPi Libraries in Arch Linux

With Arch Linux installed on my Raspberry Pi Zero it was time to figure out how to install the RPi libraries for Python. All other Raspberry Pi distros (like Raspbian) come with those libraries pre-installed. But since I wanted to use Arch Linux, manually installing the RPi libraries is part of the fun (or experiment in my case).

Installing Arch Linux on the Raspberry Pi Zero

Let me start by saying that I am no stranger to Linux. I've been playing with it for nearly 20 years and it has been my primary OS for over 13 years. Heck, I've even built my own distributions with the help of the Linux From Scratch project. My everyday distro is Arch Linux, so naturally, I will start using Arch on my Raspberry Pi.

Why do I like Arch Linux? Several reasons:

Raspberry Pi Zero - First Impressions

I bought my first Raspberry Pi Zero a couple of weeks ago from Pimoroni. They only had them in Project Kits, so I bought the kit that came with the Explorer pHAT and several useful accessories such as HDMI adapter, USB cable, GPIO header (both for the Raspberry Pi and the pHAT), cables, LEDs and a few other goodies.

Once the unit arrived I opened it right away, pulled out the Raspberry Pi out of the bag and said "Wow. That is tiny!"

Welcome to my Raspberry Pi Blog

I have started playing with a Raspberry Pi Zero yesterday. And since so many people have blogged about their adventures with the Raspberry Pi I figured I would do the same. I hope I provide a slightly different content, however for several reasons:

  • I am a software engineer, so I will favor writing reusable modules rather than simple scripts.
  • I use Arch Linux, so I'll be trying to use it as much as possible.
  • I hope to write in a way that new and experience users alike will find useful.

So join me in my adventures with the Raspberry Pi!