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Crouthamela 04:19, 14 June 2012 (UTC) Another Rubus project update video has been uploaded:

Crouthamela 01:24, 14 June 2012 (UTC) I have uploaded the first image for Rubus as a BitTorrent. Please see the Download section for details.

Crouthamela 01:44, 7 June 2012 (UTC) I have put together a short Rubus project update:

Crouthamela 12:38, 31 May 2012 (UTC) The first Raspberry Pi has arrived and is now being configured. It is booting, and having the software added to it.


Rubus is a project to create a low-cost "classroom-in-a-box" by combining the Raspberry Pi with a lightweight Linux distribution, useful software, educational materials, peripherals and necessary storage. The intent is to eventually produce and distribute them as a charity via donations, as well as release Documentation on creating the image and providing it for download.

Language localization is a secondary objective, very much based on what storage restrictions arise. It is understood that not everyone speaks English, but most educational material slated for inclusion has the most work completed in English, and even large areas of Africa speak it as a secondary language.

The name Rubus comes from the genus name of the common raspberry; we feel it's fitting for a project based on the Raspberry Pi.

The project lead is Andrew Crouthamel.


All hardware is as low-cost as possible while not sacrificing quality or durability. Another goal of the hardware choices are to keep the setup and maintenance as simple as possible. Below are example hardware items that may be used, if you know of a cheaper/better alternative please let us know!

Operating System

All core Operating System components are as lightweight as possible while still providing a pleasing and easy-to-use interface.


All software is as lightweight as possible while still providing a pleasing and easy-to-use interface. The software chosen is focused around basic office needs and for educational use only.





  • Galculator - Scientific calculator
  • TuxMath - Math tutor for kids
  • Maxima - Computer algebra system
  • gnuplot - Graphing utility
  • Octave - Numerical calculations system
  • Gonvert - Graphical unit conversion
  • Units - CLI unit conversion
  • Aster - Civil and structural engineering software
  • PSPP - Statistical analysis software



  • Geany - Integrated Development Environment
  • Python (2 and 3) - Python Programming Language Interpreter
  • Django - Python web development framework
  • Biopython - Biological computation libraries for Python
  • GCC - C Programming Language Compiler
  • Ruby - Ruby Programming Language
  • Ruby on Rails - Ruby web development framework
  • Perl - Perl Programming Language
  • PHP - PHP Programming Language
  • Bas - BASIC interpreter
  • Git - Version control system
  • Subversion - Version control system
  • MySQL - SQL database system
  • PostgreSQL - SQL database system
  • SQLite - SQL database system


  • gEDA/gaf - Electrical Design Automation tools
  • PCB - Interactive printed circuit board editor
  • GTKWave - Wave viewer
  • Icarus Verilog - Verilog simulation and synthesis tool
  • gerbv - Gerber viewer
  • gerasymbols - Repository of symbols, footprints and documentation

Other Educational




  • GPicView - Image viewer
  • GIMP - Image manipulation program
  • Inkscape - Vector graphics program
  • Dia - Diagram creation program
  • MyPaint - Minimalist painting program
  • Tux Paint - Children's drawing program



Educational Material

Materials chosen are intended to be as useful as possible to a classroom or training environment in a small village or impoverished area.


There is a full set of Documentation available.


The latest image for loading onto an SD card is: Rubus Alpha 1 - Download via BitTorrent

The image is currently designed for a 16GB SD card and will soon be upgraded to 64GB once the Educational Material is loaded onto it. Right now there are only applications installed.

The default user is "teacher" with a password of "teacher" (which has sudo privileges) and the "root" user has a password of "rubus".


There is a bug tracker available for issues or feature requests: Rubus Bugs


Volunteers are welcome, lots of work is needed on files collection, database and web server setup, performance optimization, desktop cleanup and simplification, documentation, advertising, fundraising, etc. Please contact Andrew Crouthamel to get involved.