BENJA is Back, but as DIY Project 😎

BENJA SD Card Preparation Phases

I’ve archived long time ago my B.E.N.J.A. project and idea, due its unsustainable nature, where not many donated to it, but many wanted the pre-made ISO images which cost quite some bandwidth but many give websites bandwidth for granted … well, I also blame myself for never offering prepared SD cards with burned ISOs, which is why I’ve decided to give it another chance, now that all involved software is more mature on these ARM platforms, namely the Raspberry Pi family, as it’s the de-facto starting point for any Internet of Things related project.

What Is B.E.N.J.A ?

Sounds Good: How Do I Start?

Update for Mac users

If you are on Debian/Ubuntu, be sure you have these tools installed:

sudo apt install curl libarchive-tools

However, if you have sudo, and lsblk available in your shell, you can give it a try by simply typing the following in your terminal:

bash <(curl -s https://archibold.io/benja/prepare)

If everything goes right, you should see your terminal asking a couple of questions, and then doing stuff for you, reaching the point all you have to do is plugin your SD card into your Pi, login with alarm user and alarm password, and wait for the rest of the installation to be completed.

The result is a screen showing the SBC network address and resolution.

BENJA screen after installation

Great, So … What’s Next ?

That’s it, that’s both the end of the story and the beginning of a new kind of possibilities thanks to an installer that aims at cutting all the unnecessary friction for anyone to start a DYI project.

I hope you’ll try it, and if capable, help contributing to its code base 👍

Web, Mobile, IoT, and all JS things since 00's. Formerly JS engineer at @nokia, @facebook, @twitter.