I took everything out of the box and put the RPi in its acrylic case. I bought an SD card with the RPi that had NOOBS v1.2.1 pre-installed. After inserting the card and powering up the Pi, the NOOBS software started. I picked the Raspbian installation and sat back while it did the install. It took about twenty minutes.
When the Pi started, it ran the first-time configuration program. I did the following:
- Changed the pi user password
- Picked the english US locale en_US.UTF-8. For some dumb reason, you cannot uncheck the UK locale. You have to use both US and UK.
I did not need to expand the file system because NOOBS did that already.
Next, I ran sudo upgrade and sudo update. There was nothing to upgrade but it did perform some updates.
Changed the hostname to star-avahi. I had to edit the /etc/hostname and /etc/hosts file with the hostname. I found out that you can't use an underscore in the host name.
I asked Bob for what user name and password he thinks should be setup on the Pi.
The /etc/network/interfaces file to have a static ip address instead of using DHCP. I commented out the dhcp line and added these lines.
iface eth0 inet static
When I get a permanent IP address for the Avahi device, I can change the settings.
Finally, I installed the Avahi client for Ubuntu. Full instructions are here. I was able to ping the RPi using star-avahi.local. So, Avahi works.
Next: install the Pi on the Star network.