Best 6 Raspberry PI projects with Open Source software

One of most searched topic from internet regarding Raspberry PI is about projects to realize. Many of these results bring you to simple lists linking to not tested procedures. Today I would resume below the best projects I have personally tested with our board.

Media Center

The simplest and most spread use of Raspberry PI involves this powerful micro board into creating a complete Media Centre. This projects can be accomplished with a lot of forms of the best open source Media Centre available today: Kodi. The 2 best versions are, in my opinion, OSMC and OpenELEC. Below the links to respective guide pages:

Earning cryptocoins

A second way to use Raspberry PI in a creative way is to mine cryptocoins. This is surely not the way to get rich, but this can help you to better understand cryptocoins world and how blockchain works:

How to mine cryptocoins with a Raspberry Pi

Using docker

Containers opened a new world to developers, making very easy and fast the applications deploy. With Raspberry PI this turns also in a great opportunity in realizing micro-services that you can easily test, upgrade, edit and delete. You can choose to use the on standard Raspbian OS or in optimized OS thinked specifically for containers like RancherOS

Video surveillance

A simple test case for Docker over Raspberry to realize how easy is it can be proved with this very simple project regarding the setup of a complete video surveillance system that can be completed in a few minutes after having docker installed:

Raspberry PI + Docker projects: install motioneye

Private hosting

A useful way to have complete control of your website is personally managing the host where it resides. With this guide you can use your 30$ board instead of paying a webhost provider. This works greatly also on PI Zero! 

Installing WordPress host in a Raspberry Pi

Private email server

This is my favorite experience because this proves how powerful Raspberry PI is. A complete server able to receive and send emails in your home, with a web interface. 

Private mail server on Raspberry PI Zero W with Postfix, Dovecot and Squirrelmail

 

What is your favorite one? 

 

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