Getting Started with Arduino Uno on Fedora 21

With Radio Shack going out of business, I was lucky enough to get my hands on all sorts of really neat Arduino gear. I now have an endless supply of random parts, three arduinos, and about two of every shield.

I am super excited to get started hacking away! Getting started with the Arduino IDE on Fedora is pretty straightforward but takes a little bit of work outside of yum.

There is a version of the arduino IDE available in the default Fedora repo, but this is an older version and sadly it was not able to detect the USB “serial” port by default. Rather than digging around for the solution, I downloaded the latest version of the IDE from the arduino website and was happy to see that it worked perfect out of the box with my Arduino Uno.

Getting the Latest Arduino IDE on Fedora 21

  1. First we will download the latest tar ball of the Arduino IDE. At the time of writing this is version 1.6.0. Open up a terminal and issue the following command:
    `wget http://arduino.cc/download_handler.php?f=/arduino-1.6.0-linux64.tar.xz`
    
  2. Next we will extract this file and move it over to the /opt directory
    `tar -xvf arduino-1.6.0-linux64.tar.xz`  
    `sudo mv arduino-1.6.0 /opt`
    
  3. Lastly, we will make a symbolic link to alllow us to run the arduino IDE simply by typing the command “arduino”
    `sudo ln -s /opt/arduino-1.6.0/arduino /usr/bin/arduino`
    

Now you should be able to type arduino in a terminal and see the IDE come to life. If your arduino Uno is plugged in you should see it be immediately recognized under the ports.

I cant wait to share some of the cool stuff that I build with all of these new toys!