This is a list of the free tools and utilities I use on a regular basis when messing around with Raspberry Pi development. They are quite specific to the type of projects I am working on but I thought people might be interested in what is available.
I would have liked this to be a “Top 10″ but I only wanted to include applications I genuinely used on a regular basis. So there was no option but to make a “Top 8″!
All the tools listed are free to use but in some cases only for non-commercial use….
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