This is the shorter, cut-down version of the book, which is to be followed shortly by a much longer book with more tutorials, more programming, and more physical computing (and longer versions of the existing chapters). This shorter version is ideal for beginners, and will talk you through setting up your Raspberry Pi from scratch, and get you to a position where you can start using your Raspberry Pi like a pro. If you are a more advanced user, you may prefer to wait for the full version of the book to come out – I know the publishers are scrambling to get everything finished, so it shouldn’t be long now. Big thanks to Gareth and to Eben, and to everyone at Wiley for all their hard work.
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