Open source is all about choices and while many are happy to use Windows as the development platform for their Ultibo projects we have been getting questions about using Linux instead.
So if you have a preference to use Linux for your Ultibo development then we now have instructions on how to build the sources. It isn’t as simple as a few mouse clicks but we figure if you use Linux regularly then you might already be used to following command line instructions.
The instructions come in two flavours, one for Debian which is a pretty traditional distribution and the ancestor of many other popular versions, and to keep things in the Raspberry Pi family we also have the Raspbian version.
You can find the build instructions on the Ultibo wiki, see here for Debian and this one for Raspbian.
We’ve just released the latest episodes in the Discovering Ultibo video series and we’re continuing our exploration of what you can do with Ultibo core.
Episode 5 shows just how simple it is to scroll text on a small 2 line LCD by using the standard console functions, no need to learn a new API for each and every device our 16×2 LCD driver lets you use what you already know in a whole new way.
Part of the fun of creating things is using them and what could be more fun than controlling your gadgets using a tablet, phone or computer. In episode 6 we look at how to use a web page to remote control your projects, if you’ve ever tried to do this with other tools we think you might be surprised how easy it can be with Ultibo core.
You can find the latest episodes plus the full Discovering Ultibo series on the YouTube channel, hope you enjoy them.
Just a few days ago it was officially 6 months since the release of Ultibo, in fact at almost the exact time of the first announcement we were on a plane heading to Sydney to talk about what Ultibo is and what you can use it for.
That got us thinking and we realized that in just 6 months Ultibo has opened up a whole new world of options for creating the kinds of things you have been wanting to create.
Take a couple of recent examples, in June we announced support for I2C and SPI devices amongst many other things. If you’ve ever had a look at the websites of suppliers like Adafruit or Pimoroni you might have noticed just how many useful addons like sensors, displays and controllers use these protocols to communicate. So now if you have access to a datasheet or some example code most of these cool gadgets are available to use in your Ultibo projects.
The other announcement that quietly came and went was support for connecting Arduino devices to your Ultibo projects and allowing you to communicate with them. At first glance that might not seem revolutionary but think about the possibilities that come from combining the world of Arduino with the power of Raspberry Pi and Ultibo and at the same time removing the limits imposed by an operating system.
A project like Ultibo has no end, no point at which it is complete because there will always be more to add and new things we want to support. The best time to start creating your own exciting world of gadgets is today so why not just get started.
We’re very pleased that the Australian Delphi Users Group (ADUG) has invited Ultibo to present at their annual symposium, here’s the announcement from Ultibo and ADUG member Paul.
Australian Delphi Users Group (ADUG) are pleased to announce that Garry Wood (Ultibo’s co-creator) will be speaking on Ultibo at this years Symposium.
The symposiums, while mainly based around Delphi (Lazarus’s commercial cousin), present on a range of delphi and pascal related topics. They are one day events held, this year, in Sydney and Melbourne in the first week of August.
For those people in the general neighbourhoods it will a good time to pick the creator’s brain and also meet the delphi/pascal programming community.
So much has happened since we released Ultibo core it almost seems like a lot more than just a few months. We’ve been busy adding support for the Raspberry Pi 3, adding new features and drivers to support more hardware as well as squashing a few unwanted bugs along the way.
To make sure it remains as easy as ever to get started with Ultibo we’ve updated the Windows installer to include all of the latest features as of now. You can see more info about what else has changed by going to the announcement in the forum but in simple terms it includes everything that has happened since the previous release.
You can download the latest version of the installer by visiting the download page and use it to update your existing installation or to install Ultibo core from scratch.
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