So you've got one, or your interested in one, but how to get started?
Most of the help directs new "chippers" to plug in an old TV. I'm odd, we've got one TV in the house and I'm not really thrilled about standing in front of it with a computer, keyboard stuff 2" from the screen. Plus I'm a collector of unloved computers, I install Linux and set them up some place quite and use them remotely over ssh. So this Instructable is about how I did that.
Step 1: Materials
- A C.H.I.P (we'll just call it chip)
- USB adapter (micro-B)
- Friendly Wifi Network
- Linux desktop (with your preferred peripherals: monitor, keyboard mouse)
Step 2: Connect Your Chip
The chip is like other mini-comptuers, it's USB powered. Once you plug it in, it should turn on.
If it doesn't turn in, you'll find a tiny button on the opposite side of the USB power that you can hold for about 2-seconds to turn it on.
So we'll connect our chip to our Linux desktop, this provides power and a data link.
Sadly it doesn't connect like the BBB, but it's pretty easy to connect none the less.
> sudo dmesg | tail
this will spam some information, what we're looking for is the "/dev/tty" device associated to the chip
We've just plugged it in so it should be at the "tail" of the dmesg. Mine was "/dev/ttyACM0" (< zero)
now we connect to the device:
> screen /dev/ttyACM0
Now you should be in!
Step 3: Connect to Wifi
This serial connection is dandy, but we can do better.
Lets use the wifi. Yeah seriously this little bugger is 1/2 the size of the rpi, but comes with wifi (and bluetooth!)
in our serial terminal
*my example is color via the ssh shell, the serial version you'll see will be the same but all ascii
Now select "Activate a connection"
find your wifi, enter your password and connect!
So easy right?
Step 4: Install the Essentials
> apt-get install ssh
Now the chip knows how to connect to the internet (presuming you've *got* Internet, you must be reading this online?)
I'd also configure a user account (change <USER> to your username)
> useradd <USER> -G sudo
> passwd <USER>
Step 5: Other Ideas?
if you want to "see" the desktop, I like to run xrdp
sudo apt-get install xrdp
then you can rdesktop (from windows or linux) into a desktop session that can persist.
you could install mumble-server and run voice chat,
I'm still experimenting with the options, I'd love to hear what you do/plan to do.
To give credit, I got started learning from this website.