VSHN.timer #113: Raspberry Pi

18. Oct 2021

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better.

This week we’re going to talk about the many cool things people are doing with Raspberry Pi boards.

1. Let’s start with something at the intersection of many things we love at VSHN: Raspberry Pis and SUSE Rancher K3s. Network Chuck has created an absolutely outstanding and funny video with all you need to know to get your own cluster up and running. It reminds us of our own APPUiOli cluster, the one we showed at KubeCon Barcelona 2019!


2. Once you have your Raspberry Pi cluster up and running, you are going to want to experiment and do more with it. Here’s an idea: how about scaling out your cluster to include AWS EC2 instances, using Gardener‘s Machine Controller Manager?

3. Adam Greenwood-Byrne is a polymath, whose skills include music, management (as the CEO of RealVNC), and yes, also coding. During the pandemic last year he decided to start writing an operating system for the Raspberry Pi… and documenting the process in detail along the way. The resulting project is a great way to learn how operating systems work!


4. If you’d rather use an existing operating system in your Raspberry Pi instead of writing your own, here’s the Pyabr OS: the Python Cloud Operating System; a Linux distribution based on Debian 10, using Python as its default programming language, and bundled with many apps based on the PyQt framework.

5. The VSHN.timer project of the week is Air-Pi-Play, a set of shell scripts to turn a Raspberry Pi into an Airplay server, to enable screen mirroring on TVs, monitors and projectors.


Have you ever written your own operating system? What kind of things have you done with Raspberry Pi boards lately? Would you like to share your Raspberry Pi crazy project with us? Get in touch with us, and see you next week for another edition of VSHN.timer.

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Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian Kosmaczewski is in charge of Developer Relations at VSHN. He is a software developer since 1996, a trainer, and a published author. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

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