I am VERY excited to post about this. I have been working on this book for the better part of a year, it has truly been a blood sweat and tears kinda project. I felt burnt out at times, frustrated, ecstatic, relieved, rewarded, and angry all during the writing of this book. But it’s done and I couldn’t be happier.
PiPlay 8 Beta 8 is here! Mark has put a huge amount of time into the new frontend code. We have moved form YAML files to a SQLite database. Many items have been sped up. The web frontend now has a database administration section.
This is a huge update. Probably the best I think we put out… but because of the Pi2, we have had to do a lot of extra testing, and may have missed some stuff. Please please please let us know if something isn’t working, or if something slipped through the cracks. I want this to be the best release ever!
This new image will work on the Pi2 and B, B+, A, and A+. I have spent the past week pulling out hair trying to get everything to work. I have had to remove Stella, the Atari 2600 emulator for the moment. When I can get it working properly on the new kernel, I will add it back in.
The image is currently being uploaded to SourceForge, so in a few hours it should be available.
Thanks for your patience, and thanks to all the testers. If you find any bugs (I’m sure there are some) let us know in the PiPlay forums.
So I have had my Pi2 for a week, and I gotta say, it’s a great piece of kit. PiPlay is coming along nicely. Having some hiccups on the Pi2 that I need to fix before I do a full release.
With that being said, I saw on Hacker News today a port of a gameboy emulator to the Go language, that also only utilizes the console. It’s called Termboy, and while it doesn’t run that fast on the Raspberry Pi, it’s still a neat little tech demo.
We first download the proper console font and install it:
tar xf kbd-2.0.2.tar.xz
sudo cp kbd-2.0.2/data/consolefonts/default8x16.psfu /usr/share/consolefonts/
Now we download the latest GoLang version (The apt-get version of Go is 2 years old)
tar xf go1.4.1.src.tar.gz
Set the path for where we want our Go packages to be downloaded
One that has completed, it’s time to download Termboy and build it.
./go get github.com/dobyrch/termboy-go
Now goto the bin folder where our newly built termboy executable resides, and run it like so:
A big announcement came from the Raspberry Pi Foundation today! They introduced the Raspberry Pi 2!
The biggest change is the CPU has been upgraded from a single core ARMv6 @ 700Mhz to a QUAD CORE ARMv7 @ 900Mhz. The RAM has also been upgraded from 512MB to 1GB. The price is going to remain the same as well! Only $35!
The upgrade from ARMv6 to v7 is pretty big. v7 can run things like Ubuntu and Android OS. Most main line software repos are precompiled for v7 first as well. Microsoft has even mentioned that Windows 10 will be free for the Raspberry Pi (though in an Internet-Of-Things way which may be more like the Intel Galileo than a full desktop environment).
All software should be backwards compatible so PiPlay should work right out of the box, along with a much appreciated speed boost. I can’t wait to start recompiling the source code to eek out as much power as possible from this new core!
Most of the retail sites are swamped, but here is a list of places to order: