The MagPi: a Raspberry Pi community magazine

Whenever I’m tasked with chatting up potential donors, partners or volunteers for the Raspberry Pi project, I’m asked what really makes us stand out from other computer companies. There are lots of answers: the charity business model; the unusual price point we’ve picked; the open-source software; the transparency about process; the focus on education.

MagPi cover

The MagPi - click to go to the magazine site

But for me, what I consider the biggest thing we have going for us, and the thing I tend to rattle on about most in meetings, is the community that’s grown around the project. The MagPi, a free online magazine dedicated to the Raspberry Pi, whose first issue was released a few days ago, is a perfect example of that. It’s been put together entirely by volunteers, guided by Ash Stone, Jason “Jaseman” Davies, Meltwater and other names you may recognise from the forums and comments on this site. I was broadly aware they were up to something, but I was amazed at the scope of what they sent me to look at earlier in the week, and I’ve been really, really impressed by the first issue. There are Debian and Puppy guides, articles on computing history, ideas for robotics projects, tutorials in Scratch and Python (with code you can type in yourself, just like in the good old days), features about the Raspberry Pi itself, and other goodies to dig into. I really can’t recommend it enough, and if you haven’t been lucky enough to get to the head of the queue, you don’t need a Raspberry Pi to find it useful (you might actually find the magazine good preparation before yours arrives). So go and download a copy, have a flick through, write to the guys if you think you can contribute to future issues, and let us know what you think!

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I think MagPi should have mobi/epub version too

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I was going to suggest the same. Open Office has an epub export option that might reduce the labor in generating this version. There is a PDF version, you just need to go to the non-flash site.

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Try calibre or bookdesigner to convert files.
If you want a mobile version, it might be more prudent and easy to convert it to htm/html, as most ebook readers, read html, and html is easy to make.

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For issue 2, we MAY be using InDesign, which should let us convert to an ePub file.

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One of the big reasons that epub might be better for some of us is because of the screen captures, they were hard to see what was being shown. A single column layout may also help when you have screen captures.

Does Scribus have an epub export? I’ve used the Open Office Writer epub export and it worked OK, but layout is not very friendly.

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Also think about on what kind of device would you want to read the epub file?

there are plenty of mobile readers with tft screens, that use a 640×480 resolution.
Most ebook readers have an 800×600 e-ink screen though.

Only few mobile devices surpass that resolution, and they usually are quite expensive too.

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Well, I must say I really enjoyed that. Fantastic job–the creators are to be commended. I love the direction this is going! Ditto on the epub or even a pdf version.

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I find the irony of a magazine for a device that lacks Flash relying on such for its website quite amusing.

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There is a pdf version available too – look at the left-hand side of the page.

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As liz has said, there is a PDF version, and the new website will make this clearer. Stay tuned!

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This truly is a great community. Thank you for sharing!

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Java picture and then content about javascript? oO

Fix it!

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Or is it a mixture of both? Hard to tell due to obfuscation overload.

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Despite my mild critique above I think the magazine looks great.

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“Java picture and then content about javascript?”

Thinking the same thing. That’s messed up.

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What a great magazine!

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A didicated magazine for Raspberry Pi, this is AWESOME! Thanks for such a great job.

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Talk about timing! I’ve got Top Gear in Vietnam on in the background (I’m not proud but I’m fed up with The Voice!) and Adagio for Strings is playing while I’m reading this post. Wow, I’m not sure if it’s the red wine kicking in, but I got really emotional. This magazine is just what we need, it really harks back to the days of Sinclair User. I used to love the anticipation of the listings when I was younger. That’s exactly how I learnt not how to program :)

My Pi was due for delivery today, alas it didn’t happen, but it’s been shipped and it’s imminent, and it’s not going on Ebay either!

Much love x

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It’s good to hear that someone else is actually purchasing the Raspberry Pi for reason other than to sell it for 10x the actual price on eBay. :)

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Why are there semicolons in python code that is likely to be the first introduction to the language of most readers? That makes it look like C and doesn’t show how python uses whitespace and newlines as its main statement terminators.

Another thing- the spacing between the print function/statement is inconsistent. I realize that it may be valid python to put a space there, but it should be kept consistent with the rest of the language and not have any spaces.

print (“Hello World”) # Works fine
print(“Hello World”) # Also works
int(7.5) # Works
int (7.5) # Doesn’t work

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I guess it depends on which Python interpreter you use:

Python 2.7.3 (default, Apr 10 2012, 23:31:26) [MSC v.1500 32 bit (Intel)] on win32
Type “copyright”, “credits” or “license()” for more information.
>>> print”Hello World!”
Hello World!
>>> print “Hello World!”
Hello World!
>>> int(7.5)
7
>>> int (7.5)
7
>>>

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Nice idea, but they used tha java logo for javascript :(
That’s a big NO NO!

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indeed

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Hello, I have been looking though the magazine, It looks good but the first few pages were atrocious; there were too many different fonts, this is a big no-no, stick to a maximum of four fonts:
1x Sans Serif
1x Serif
1x Mono Spaced (DejaVu Sans Mono is good b/c it has a clear difference between “1” and “l”, and “0” and “O”.)
and one other for what ever.

Keep a consistent style, use the same styles in all articles (layout of text boxes can vary).

An other big no-no is using Sans Serif it the body of the text, use Sans Serif only in titles, and it lead paragraph. Use Serif for text bodies.

Red on white is a no-no too.

There is no text under listings and/or images, this is not a biggie but would be nice.

One last thing: Keep it simple and no flash, flash is the last thing people want to deal with, the non-flash site looks awesome BTW.

PS. If you want to make it look real grate a pro-tip is LaTeX, but it can be a hassle…
Latex has some nice things like the “Listings” and “graphicx” packages…

Just sayin…

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ehm…
red TEXT on white is a no-no…

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It’s okay if it’s read all over though.

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The MagPi is a community magazine put together by volunteers in their spare time; I hope you’ll be offering to spend some of your time to help them out, since you’ve clearly got very clear ideas about what they should be doing!

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Snide remarks aside, whether Gustav goes on to help with the magazine or not, saying that the styling of the mag is a proper mess is a perfectly valid observation; it’s exactly what struck me at first glance too. It being produced by volunteers explains that but does not change it, so it’s irrelevant to the observation being made. Frankly, “not interested in your critique unless you offer to help fixing it” is quite a childish attitude.

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Gustav Hratvigssont said: “An other big no-no is using Sans Serif it the body of the text, use Sans Serif only in titles, and it lead paragraph. Use Serif for text bodies.”

What utter nonsense – there is absolutely no reason not the use a sans-serif typeface in body text – in fact, sans-serif is much clearer to read in all browsers and for people with poor eyesight. Many books published these days use a sans-serif typeface for the body text.

Obviously you also believe that the typefaces used are more important than correct spelling. I particularly liked:

“PS. If you want to make it look real grate a pro-tip is LaTeX, but it can be a hassle…”
Hmm not that “great” really!

And as you said, I’m “Just sayin…..”

I think the first edition of the MagPi is a fantastic effort and I’m sure that it will go from strength to strength. Well-done guys (and gals?)!

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You’re the second person to have a dig at typos and spelling in this thread, it’s all gone a bit 1980s Usenet :). (It’s even sillier when the poster’s name suggests that English is not their first language…)

I totally agree with you about body typefaces BTW, but let’s avoid the ad hominem stuff please.

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I wouldn’t normally consider mentioning spelling but when someone is suggesting a lack of professionalism in a publication produced by others (unpaid volunteers) I think it’s fair game.

You can’t conclude anything from a posters “name” even if it’s their real one – I know plenty of people who have names that aren’t “English” who have English as a first language.

I also didn’t think that the comment he made that “the first few pages were atrocious” was particularly constructive either, do you?

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“I also didn’t think that the comment he made that “the first few pages were atrocious” was particularly constructive either, do you?”

No – but there are plenty of better ways to address it than, “haha, you can’t even spell!” ;) It was out of sorts after your reasoned argument about typefaces.

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“but there are plenty of better ways to address it ”

In YOUR opinion, which incidentally, I find rather “ad hominem”.

As we’re into giving advice perhaps you should consider that the gratuitous use of Latin might put people who don’t understand it at a disadvantage, so it’s best avoided if possible ;-)

“cura te ipsum” and all that eh? ;-)

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It’s very useful shorthand when asking people to address the argument and not the person. You see it a lot on forums. Now – you’ve been told not to make personal attacks, so don’t. [Please PM me if you have any questions and we’ll save this space to discuss the fantastic magazine that the MagPi team have made]

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I think the particular logical fallacy you’re pursuing here is called “tu quoque”. See. I can do Latin too. ;)

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I’ve always wanted to argue about the font of a new magazine in a dead language…a joust in hieroglyphs anyone? …but seriously well done to the people involved in the creation in the magazine…It can only get better from here…

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I run Debian GNU, and gnash since I only trust Free software, so I can’t see the site, what a sad irony :(
Really a bad presentation for a magazine about a device that wants to spread the idea of freedom and knowledge.
If some kind soul can post here the url of the pdf version maybe I can take a look at the magazine. Thanks!

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Apparently they got a non-flash website as well, what a relieve.

http://themagpi.wordpress.com/

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Indeed, and the themagpi.com is switching as we speak.

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To all the Haters,

Get a life! This is good, no critisism required thank you.

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I don’t see any haters here, only a few people complaining about the use of Flash on the website and the use of the Java logo for Javascript, which are both valid points.

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If you didn’t have criticism, nothing would get better. As it is, this all looks like constructive criticism and is most likely going to help this magazine get much better.

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What a great magazine, this is just what the community needs. The tutorial on virtual box is very helpful, it will be great to try out the new sofware whilst waiting for my Raspberry pi to arrive.

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Fantastic first effort, to all of the people pointing out the not so good bits get involved and help improve it. The magazine is a community effort put together by enthusiastic people not professional magazine editors, so if there are improvements to be made help make them.

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Thank you!

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oh my goodness what a fantastic 1st edition it’s like being back in the 80’s again.
absolutely brilliant.

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Outstanding, well done everyone. Look forward to the next issue.

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@gustav criticism is always good for anybody starting up a project but ehm you need to learn to spell. Secondly don’t list fonts for them to use, they can use wingdings if they want and last but not least red and white stands out, they have to make this appeal to everyone including children if this mag ends up in schools it need to hold people’s attention so in my opinion it works. Keep up the good work peeps. :)

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Gustav didn’t suggest specific fonts: he simply said to limit the number of fonts (typefaces) used and then suggested some types of typefaces. This is very sound advice based on fundamental design principles*.

And yes, they could use Windings for body text, but it would probably cut down on their readership somewhat ;)

[*yes, I know that all design principles can be “broken” to good effect if you are a bit tasty! :)]

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Nice work…. One comment: The pic of the Raspi is not the production board. But that’s a small issue. :)

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I had a few problems finding a working PDF link, but the one off the non-flash WordPress site worked for me: http://goo.gl/Xxqy6 (goes to skydrive.live.com)

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Sorry if the download sites are struggling a bit at the moment – We got a surge of hits after this post. Here is the chart just for the skydrive version:
https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid=f41ca64cc38a2ec5&resid=F41CA64CC38A2EC5!350&parid=F41CA64CC38A2EC5!348

It will calm down just now I’m sure. If anyone wants to provide additional mirrors, please let us know the URL’s.

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Indeed it will, sometime in the near future, themagpi.com will change to an alltogether nicer site (which doesn’t use flash!), and will be able to serve a fair few copies of the magazine!

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Thanks everyone for the feedback.

There is a non-flash website for those who don’t like/have flash (it was also requested on the forums, so we added it),
http://themagpi.wordpress.com/
We don’t have a website professional on-board, so any help with that would be welcome.

As mentioned above, it is available in pdf format as well as the live magazine version, so you can use which ever suits you best. There is also an issuu mobile app (in beta) which supports reading on smaller screen, and language translation of the text (no idea how good it does it though).
I did try converting to mobi format, however but the conversion software did not handle the layouts correctly, if someone is interested in making a mobi/epub version then contact us if you need help doing it (such a format should also work better for those who need to use text-to-speech). I have tried the pdf on a kindle, it is very small but it can just about be read.

The draft of Issue 1 of the magazine was compiled live over the last two months on the Issuu site, and we did ask for comment/corrections, so unfortunately the logo was not picked up (or at least reported) by the ~1000 viewers. Since none of us are into java-script it was a simple mistake (hopefully the JS crews will forgive…).
Note: Issue1 is now locked forever…so we can focus forward on Issue 2.

We intend to build Issue 2 in the same way, so please let us know if you spot anything as we work through it (obviously it will get refined as we work on it). As said above, it is intended as a community magazine, which means we would love for you to get involved, be it encouragement, corrections, “constructive” criticism, ideas, articles, or anything else you think will improve the Raspi community.

The team is very small at the moment, so we would welcome more people on-board, the more people we have the sooner we can release and the better Issue 2 will be.

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It looks good, I’d start to think about how you plan to maintain and distribute this content.

It would probably be a good idea to get the URLs to the pdf & WordPress site into the distro images that are suitable for the RasPi.
Sorry, the Flash version is not too useful for the Pi.

I’d imagine teachers would appreciate having one place to grab the magazines for use as extra learning materials. If there was a single one page listing with individual issues & a zip/ tarball of all of them it would make deploying them to a SD easier.

I suspect the distro maintainers could install these onto the various images, especially if they were stored in git or something that was versioned.

Good work.

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I don’t have a RasPi yet, but I’m just gonna use the mag in the meantime for news and programming tips. :)

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I hope the following is constructive, I don’t want to discourage this effort, but it has to be excellent to succeed.

I like the striped sprocket-feed line-printer paper background of the type-in listings, but the metaphor will be lost on anyone under 40! Its a bit like the “floppy-disk tool-bar button for “Save” in may applications, my kids just don’t know what it is supposed to be or why it is relevant to the action performed.

The section on languages to be covered dived straight into terms such as “dynamic, object oriented, imperative, functional, multi-paradigm, weakly-typed, etc.” without explanation – makes it all look unnecessarily scary and complicated. In fact much of the copy in this section is lifted verbatim from Wikipedia. The section on JavaScropt includes a complex introduction, while the part on KidsRuby is virtually free of content. Better audience targeted levelling, and more original content required.

HTML is by no stretch a “programming language”. It is a mark-up language – a way of describing layout of content for display in a web-browser (typically). It is not Turing-complete, and to include it in the programming section is misleading. Similarly Geogebra is not itself a programming language but an application. It does have a scripting language embedded within it, but its inclusion in the programming section without clarification is possibly confusing.

The robot arm project seems ambitious – I hope he can pull it off to conclusion and this does not end up a “Blue Peter Tracy Island” project. Anyone following this will have to purchase a working robotic arm “toy” and modify it possibly irreversibly. It looks like the author is not sure yet how that might be done yet. Readers might be cautious about investing in the hardware until they know where this is all leading.

I am going to play-test the Python tutorial on my children, it looks well levelled with all the useful, necessary, but ultimately tedious bits kept short and leading to the more gratifying game code. I like the “this is what you can do, and we’ll later explain” approach of the final reward, since it shows what all the initial more tedious stuff will lead to, and should raise interest in continuing to learn.

Previous comments on the Java logo being applied to the JavaScript should be accepted, but I suggest that the fault lies with the originators of JavaScript for choosing the name!

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with regard to the robot arm article, its there as an hardware example, but more (cheaper) basic electronics projects should be in later issues, all we need is more contributors… if we get some with hardware experience soon enough, we may have an article or two this month.

thanks for your comments :)

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How can I contribute? I have embedded systems experience, robotics, electronics, C and C++. May need to see how teh Gert Board turns out or the Pi Plates before getting too deep into hardware though.
BTW, tested the Python Pit on my youngest, and think the type needs to be black for better contrast when printed, and really needs to be in a mono-spaced font.

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send an email to emailthemagpi@gmail.com

you’re right about the font, as most programming is done in mono-space.

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Thanks. The first question was a stupid one – the contribution details are right their on the website – apologies.

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I noticed too that there are countless examples of rather obscure terms being used – I can’t read those articles with the mind of a kid / beginner / newbie and pretend not to understand them, but I get the feeling there are quite a few entire sentences in there that someone taking his first steps in computing could make neither heads nor tails of. IMHO it would be beneficial to stick to the plainest, commonest English you can muster throughout all articles. Having to look up every single word in a sentence (and probably not understanding any of the pertaining Wikipedia articles introducing an order of magnitude more unknown terms and concepts) while learning about print() or the history of computing (that could have been just a tad bit more in-depth though – now we’re on kindergarten level all of a sudden?) is probably not all that enticing. Imagine you’re talking to your grandpa, if that helps.

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Is it worth putting the PDF up as a torrent / gradually collating the issues and putting up a tarball / torrent. Having downloaded the PDF using elinks to find the PDF (lke someone else, no Flash here so webisite not much use) I could now torrent it.

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please post the link to emailthemagpi@gmail.com.

we can then give it a goo.gl shortcut so we can track it.

thanks for the help :)

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Absolutely marvelous , keep up the superb work ,

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A very well well put together issue which, I think, just hits the right note. I know someone mentioned it already but I really like the old line printer paper background to the listings.

Now, how about that ‘difficult’ second issue? You’ve set a high bar already.

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I like the mug on page 30 ;o)
Do you have a date for the grand opening of the raspberrypi store?

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I think it’s fantastic – great job by all involved.

The only minor thing I think you might like to consider is the brightness of the background images. On the “Scutter” pages, the background image is very faint, which makes the text very easy to read. However, the CD in the background on the next page seems to be brighter, and the text is more difficult to read (for me anyway). The same is true of the raspberry on page 3 – it’s a little too bold and makes the text seem secondary.

I like the images behind the text – makes the layout look interesting, but if you tone them down a tad, I think it helps readability.

Looking forwards to Issue 2!

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To all the people picking out the typos…. How many of you are willing to be the proof readers? How many willing to translate into other languages? How many willing to do the layout? I bet there is nothing stopping you from getting involved other than your contact with the people producing this magazine and possibly using compatible software (but I’m betting Open Office or Libre Office being the tool of choice).

The more people sharing the work, the less each person needs to do. If there is more than one proof reader per article then that person only needs to read one entire article in order to put it to bed.

All that said, I’m not the best with grammar or spelling, or even layout. If it starts going to print, then I’ll offer up suggestions on color management, etc.

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To all the guys and girls involved… thank you so much for a brilliant first issue of what I am sure is going to prove to be a brilliant magazine! Amazing work!

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Well done on getting this first issue of MagPi out. Appreciate this must have taken a fair bit of work to produce.

I was thinking it would be great to have a printed copy of this, especially as it is the first issue, so I tried uploading it to Magcloud who provide a print on demand service for magazines such as this. ( I have no affiliation with this website or service other than I once ordered a copy of the Hacker News monthly just to try out their offering, the quality was great )

So I tried uploading your PDF but it appears that a lot of the text is too close to the edges and would be cut off during the print process. There was also an issue with the large images being too low resolution but I realise that your intention was for this to displayed at screen resolution rather than print. Now I could probably resize the PDF (badly) to allow it to print but I wondered whether there was any better way?

P.S. I would be happy to help out with future issues if that is needed, proofreading etc..

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I hope they take you up on this offer. I like the magazine, but it needs some good proofreading. Terminology is extremely important to effective communication, and there are several terminology issues in there that will probably get confusing to less experienced readers very quickly if they delve deeper into Python. (For instance, parenthesis are refered to as brackets in the section explaining how to port the Python 3 code to Python 2, and the pound symbol “#” is refered to as a hash symbol when explaining how to add commets. I recognize that some of these errors are very common on the internet, which can make it difficult to figure out which is right, but that is why we need people to proofread.)

Anyhow, good job on the magazine from me as well. I don’t have much spare time, or I would offer to proofread. I have school, a family of 5, and work to take care of, but I may be able to make enough time to write some articles now and then.

Lord Rybec

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BTW, this comment form wouldn’t work for me from the Safari (Mac) browser, had to switch to Firefox

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Odd – I’m using Safari with no problems. What version?

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5.1.5 on Snow Leopard. Don’t know if it was Safari as posting another time in Firefox caused the error message again.. Trying again in Safari here..

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I constantly have problems with this site, especially the forum that seems to think I can’t add up. All seems very random though.

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Thank you so very much, this is truly wonderful!

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hope next issue will have a comparing test of all raspberry_pi cases available on the net !!

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There’s a saying…
You can’t please all the people all of the time….
If we use one font, someone will say we should’ve used another one, if we didn’t make it PDF, people would say we should have done. All I will say is this:
Write an article and send it to us. You can use whatever font you like and we won’t change a thing if you don’t want us to. If enough people like it – we will include it in the mag, and if enough people hate it, we will remove it from the mag (Whilst the mag is in draft). We will try to be democratic about it. If you don’t like the layout I used for my issue 1 articles – tough! because nobody gave us a better alternative. Write a better article than mine, and I’ll happily remove mine and replace with yours – especially if there is a general consensus. For issue 1 – I just wanted to get a magazine together of some description – There was no content – so I made some. I asked for submissions for the last 2 months and got 2 articles. The two people are now on the team. I have to say – the people on the team are awesome. Tzj made a special trip to the supermarket at 11.30pm to buy raspberries to photograph. He also spent 4-5 hours using GIMP to make the header for The Scratch Patch. Meltwater has done photos, articles, all sorts of admin stuff. Ash was answering your emails since 11am this morning until 11pm this evening – non-stop. You can either spend your time trying to pick at and pull apart someone Else’s work or you can do some work of your own. I know some of you are genuinely offering constructive advice and some have other motives. I’m not here because I want to bicker with you lot about font styles and the brightness levels of background images. You wanted a community magazine – We have given you one.

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Hear hear. And welcome, Jaseman, Ash, Meltwater et al, to what it’s been like at the Foundation for the last year…at least the people who were filling up the comments a few months back by announcing angrily that they could do a better job of the board layout seem to have buggered off now. It always irritated me somewhat that whenever we suggested they go and do just that, the answer was always that they *could*, but they didn’t *want* to right now.

I hope you’re not put off by a few lone dissenters. I’ve seen the remarkable number of downloads you guys have had in just a week, and I feel very strongly that that and the much louder chorus of support that you’ve had here, on Twitter and on your own site are what you should be paying attention to. (And we at the Foundation think you’re doing a bleedin’ marvellous job.)

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Thanks Liz – I know you’ve experienced the same thing multiplied many times over. I understand that it is par for the course, and we won’t let those negative comments get us down because the number of really positive ones make it all worthwhile. If anything, I think the whole experience is good, because we are also learning mechanisms for dealing with such comments. Sometimes you just have to ignore them becuase making your blood boil is what they wanted all along.

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You could incorporate some basic programming, wiki pages, and look on the forum for important issues, questions, faqs, and answers

You could start the first episodes for complete beginners, explaining the hardware, some software variants; and in further versions dig deeper into the OS, and operating the different OSes that will work OOB (Out Of the Box) on the R-PI.

After that you could focus on specific topics, like using the R-PI as a media center, and gaming console, how to install, what software to find, the performance, and benchmarks.

In later episodes (eg: after ep5), you could go deeper into certain software packs, like programming, using the R-PI in businesses, and educational programs.

Then lastly focus on hardware hacks.

with each consecutive release spending less time explaining what’s already explained in previous versions, and expanding in deeper, more difficult topics.

as a bonus you could add at the end of the document examples, demo’s, and exercise pages. The first book how to install each OS, consecutive books how to install software, and how to use the software, lastly how to program some basic programs, and how to modify the hardware of the PI to make it do things the original pi can not do.

You could also have a section to address main issues and concerns of the time (eg bugs, manufacture errors, mods, new software, remarkable results (eg unexpected well performance of the PI under certain conditions) etc…

Like this you could have 12 releases, keep it monthly or 2 weekly, and packed with information!

That would be my suggestion for running a magazine!

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Happy to include all of those things – Just find us people to write it and we will print it.

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I’m sorry I don’t understand the question?

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this is really great. i think my two boys would love this magazine and. i love how its geared just to their level.

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It’s spam! (take a look at the website!)

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Thanks for the spot – I’ll remove the comment and raise the banhammer. And apologies; a combination of our spambot and our eagle-eyed admins usually means those don’t get as far as being posted, but the occasional one does slip through.

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Sorry, the above post is not meant as spam. I meant that they could also fix that the same site without the www in front would link to their site (not the spam site)

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If you want to download it please can you use the torrent for now? Thank you!

r314.co.uk/themagpi-issue1.pdf.torrent

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Another way to present the mag. Not that there is anything wrong with the original one.
http://dbojan.50webs.com/rpi/magpi/

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You know bojan – I like the simplicity of this. I’m going to disassociate myself from the website/websites because I’m mainly interested in what goes on INSIDE the magazine. I personally like issuu very much so for me http://issuu.com/themagpi is perfectly fine, and my msn skydrive account;(I don’t care if you hate Microsoft – before anyone comments on that); has done remarkably well at dealing with the PDF downloads (http://goo.gl/Xxqy6) for the people that don’t like issuu. Also my work colleagues’ server (http://goo.gl/kOIYQ) has done well – dishing out over 8000 downloads in the last few days. Dropbox failed miserably. I have no idea how the torrent seeding is going (That’s a new development). Between all the downloads and issuu views – we’re now at a figure of just under 80,000 hits in the first week.

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Great magazine. Although you could also activate http://themagpi.com (without the www)

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Broken link heads up.

The first mirror link (http://fotopanda.zapto.org:8080/TheMagPi/The%20MagPi%20Issue%201%20Final.pdf) is broken.

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Yes – My colleague who was hosting this link was experiencing problems with his BT Infinity broadband. He deleted the PDF file off the server after the first 8000 downloads. If anyone can help us out with additional hosting – please do so. If you create a goo.gl shortcut to whatever links you create, this will help us to track the number of hits we are getting. If anybody is having trouble getting a download of the magazine – please let us know.

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Are you aware that there was a huge global scandal in the early 1980’s regarding a magazine called ‘MagPie’ for an illegal organisation called the ‘Paedophilia Information Exchange’? Its owners were imprisoned and its subscribers were investigated with many of them also being convicted of child abuse. Just thought you should know, as many other old enough may remember the same thing, you may also set off certain search systems.

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Then again, there was also a 1980s kids’ TV show called Magpie, which escaped without opprobrium. It’s thirty years later; I don’t think “certain search systems” will have any problem differentiating between the two.

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Yes, but do remember that one of the presenters was Susan Stranks. Don’t come running to me when that search lands you on a GCHQ Cockney rhyming slang honeypot site.

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There also a bird called a Magpie. And that whole species has a really good lawyer (every case is black and white), so take care.

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I find it *really* silly that all download links goes to a …. URL shortener.

Yeah, have fun with that :/

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