For those of you who do not know, The Raspberry Pi is a small computer the size of a credit card, good for hobbyist and geeks.
It comes with two 2.0 USB ports, an RCA port, a HDMI port, 512MB RAM (model b), 700MHz Arm processor, a 3.5mm audio jack and a 5v micro USB port for power. Everything you need for a computer. :)
Where do I buy a Rasberry Pi in India ?
I bought it from CrazyPi.com, they delivered it in a day, so I would go ahead and recommend buying it from them.
What about accessories, What accessories do I need to have in order to work with the Pi ?
A Computer Monitor or TV ( which has VGA or RCA port)
An External Memory card (Around 8GB and a card reader,
If you don't have these Accessories, Then to save on Time and Money you can buy an SD card with the Noobs installer pre installed and connect to the pi through your laptop or pc remotely via an ssh connection.
What do I need to know in order to use the Raspberry Pi?
Basics about computers, Like RAM, CPU,SD card (Everything your smart phone has) and some basics about Linux. No programming required :)
I have got the Pi, How do I get started ?
Just like you need Windows or Ubuntu or Os X to get your home computers working you need an operating system to start the Pi., If you do not know how to install an operating system, not to worry, The Noobs installer is a software which let's you install an easy to use Rasbian Operating system. All you need to do is download,unzip and copy it to a flash memory card .
I have also created a video of my installation .
I installed Rasbian, Now what do I do with it?
Well there are a number of things you can do with your Raspberry Pi, But I decided to create a Network Attached Shared drive or NAS drive to back up all my data.
P.S. In order to connect your 1 TB portable hard drive you will need en external USB HUB.
You can use a Pen Drive as an alternative.
Steps for creating a Shared or NAS Drive
Install packages Compatible with Windows NTFS and Apple File Systems
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g
sudo apt-get install hfsplus hfsutils
Install Samba, the software that will convert our Raspberry Pi into a Shared NAS drive.
sudo apt-get install samba samba-common-bin
Mounting your external Drive
First Find your drive using the FDISK command, In my case it was my 16gb Pendrive which has a device id /dev/sda1
Then create a separate directory and run the mount command.Linux
mount -t auto /dev/sda1 /media/shares
Open the conf file and make the following changes
Uncomment or change the following
security = user
map to guest = Bad User
Add the below configuration
[test] comment = Media share
path = /media/shares
read only = no
browseable = yes
guest ok = yes
force group = users
create mask = 0664
force directory mode = 2775
This will create a password less shared folder called test, which you should be able to access.
And yes if you need to select a memory card for your Raspberry Pi then I recommend you read my article Strotium vs Sandisk
You can even install a VPN server on your PI and transform your Raspberry PI into your very own Secure VPN server.
Feel free to comment if you have bought the Raspberry Pi and done something cool with it or have any query or doubt with regards to buying it.