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Raspberry Pi: Hands-on with the Pi-Desktop kit

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This is the latest in my adventures to see what sort of useful things can be done with a Raspberry Pi. The friendly people at the Pi-Shop.ch recently added the Farnell element 14 Pi Desktop to their offerings. This kit is not only a nice case, it also includes an add-on board which contains a power on/off button (yes!), a Real Time Clock with battery backup, and an mSATA socket so that you can add an SSD (Solid State Disk) if you want.

There is also a software download available from the element 14 Pi Desktop page which adds the necessary functionality to the Raspbian operating system to make the On/Off switch, RTC and SSD work. Note that this software is required for any of these new hardware bits to work; the printed installation document included with the Pi Desktop implies that it is only necessary if you want to boot from SSD or USB, but that is not true.

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