Week 1 was all about preparing ourselves for the Pre Fab training.Software installation and a bit of housekeeping at Fab was the Main Agenda
Francisco Sanchez Arroyo started off the day with an introduction to Fab and Fab networks.He stressed on cutomisation at consumer level to minimise the wastage of resources time and money.He ran through the 9 principles at MIT Media Labs , emailing ethics and the stress of Fab Academy , mental and physical preparations for the same.
Importance of documentation was explained through various examples.Frank also helped us with key contacts in Fab Netowrk. Frank also mentioned his "3S" view in the case of projects
and that was all for Day 1.
Its FOSS! The day was all about setting up Linux Distro ( Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) in our machines. I was already using Ubuntu 14.04 hence I was helping other make the installation.I had used Startup Disk creator to create a bootable Pendrive.The following issues were encountered during Ubuntu Installation in latest windows machines.
Before doing anything DO A BACKUP
Adding "Open Terminal Here" Option
sudo add-apt-repository universe sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal nautilus-actions -y
Installing dependancies.Compiling and Installing Fab Modules.
Installing standard libraries
sudo apt-get install python python-wxgtk2.8 python-dev python-pip gcc g++ libpng12-dev libgif-dev make bash okular libboost-thread-dev libboost-system-dev cmake
Installation. Download the Fab Modules.Unzip and cd to the downloaded directory and run.
make fab sudo make install
For help visit link
Kokopelli is a 2D tool , used to develop circuit boards Download the tool and run.
make fab make install
Navigate to bin and execute kokopelli in retro mode
cd bin ./kokopelli -r
For help visit link
This is quite a long process, lets start
chmod a+x filename ./filename
sudo apt-get install build-essential libpng-dev python3-dev libboost-all-dev libgl1-mesa-dev lemon flex
Updating GCC (if on Ubuntu 14.04)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gcc-4.9 g++-4.9 sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gcc gcc /usr/bin/gcc-4.9 60 --slave /usr/bin/g++ g++ /usr/bin/g++-4.9
Clone Git and Make
git clone https://github.com/mkeeter/antimony cd antimony mkdir build cd build ~/Qt/5.5/gcc_64/bin/qmake ../sb.pro make -j8 sudo make install ./app/antimony
For help visit here.
Additional Package Installations
Setting Up Online Accounts We were to make sure that the following online accounts were available and ready to use
Documenting Via Git(HUB)
Installing and configuring Git , for a first time user.
sudo apt-get install git git config --global user.name "akshaim" git config --global user.email firstname.lastname@example.org
I had created akshai.github.io repo , so for creating this page. One can create only one page and it should be in the format username.gihub.io
git clone https://github.com/akshaim/akshaim.github.io
Any changes made in the local repo has to be pushed to the online repo. So if its the addition of readme file
git add --all #an easy way to add files to the header. git commit -m -q #-q represent a quiet commit , the summary is skipped. git push -u origin master #pushing data to the branch master , authentication is required.
Creating and adding SSH Key
SSH Keys help in identifying machines holding local repo and hence help in skipping the prompt to enter account credentials".Go to the link for help.
ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "email@example.com" #generate new ssh key, click enter and then a passphrase. eval "$(ssh-agent -s)" #start ssh agent ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa #add key to agent , authentication required. sudo nano ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub #use an editpr and copy the entire contents.
In the GitHub account settings , the copied key is to be added in the "Key" field in the Add SSH Key option
General Guidelines to Documentation
Things that should be kept in mind
Frank gave a briefing on Time Management.He stressed on the importance of parallel development so for Rapid PrototypingThen we we to find things which were out of place.Frank gave a rough outline for the Electronics lab , which was very disordered.The lab witnessed a whole deal of changes.Now we had more room to move around.The inventory management also received a major overhaul , spares and consumables were moved to a single place.Except for the removal of waste and the mechanical lab received no changes.