Top 5 articles of the week: March 18

Top 5: Raspberry Pi Week, 15 podcasts for FOSS fans, and more

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In this week's Top 5, we highlight... well, a lot of Raspberry Pi! Pi Day was on Monday this week, and we made it a week-long series, publishing a new Raspberry Pi project everyday. We also have an honorable mention this week because Jason van Gumster's list of favorite FOSS-related podcasts also hit it big with readers during our Pi Week.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. How to configure Raspberry Pi as a microcontroller

Seth Kenlon, one of our resident music-maker-with-open-source gurus, shares tips for getting the Raspberry Pi to act more like an embedded microcontroller than a mini PC.

4. Simple LED control with the Raspberry Pi

Anderson Silva gives us a tutorial on how to use your Raspberry Pi's GPIO pins with the Pi Traffic Light. His collection of Raspberry Pi projects on is growing!

3. Raspberry Pi project to regulate room temperature and sleep better

Jeff Geerling is a father concerned that his kid's room is too cold and affecting their sleep. To remedy the situation, he implements a Raspberry Pi solution. Learn more about this project and how you can set it up at your house.

2. Turn your old Raspberry Pi into an automatic backup server

Seth Kenlon is back with a tutorial that teaches how to put your old Raspberry Pi to work as an automatic backup server using rdiff-backup.

1. Firewall your home network with a Raspberry Pi

David Both rounds out the Top 5 and our Raspberry Pi Week collection with an article on how he replaced his dedicated network firewall computer with a Raspberry Pi 2.

Honorable mention

15 podcasts for FOSS fans

Jason van Gumster, resident Blender and open design expert, shares 15 of his favorite podcasts related to open topics, including free and open source software.


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