Setting up a Raspberry Pi as a Minecraft server

My kids are occasional Minecraft addicts. As I want to support their creative activities, I have setup a Minecraft server at home so they can collaborate with friends on their construction endeavours. The system we use is a Raspberry Pi 3 with a Spigot Minecraft server. A few weeks ago I had an SD-card corruption so I had to start from scratch with a new Raspbian OS install and setup the Minecraft server once again. This time I have decided to write down the installation- and configuration steps if someone else needs them.

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Raspberry Pi & PS2 EyeToy

Last week I finally got around and bought my first Raspberry Pi. Getting it up and running with Raspbian via Noobs was a breeze and after playing around with the OS and Python for a while I decided to get some real use out of this little machine. My first experiment aimed at a home security camera. As I did not want to invest in additional hardware, I used what I could find in the household’s scrap heap – in this case a no-longer-in-active-use PS2 EyeToy camera.
My first intention was to use SimpleCV and Python to take regular snapshots and let a rudimentary WebAPI expose the latest image to the outside world. The code for this would be very simple and easy to extend with additional features. But, this experiment failed as I could not get a proper driver for the EyeToy working with SimpleCV.

My next test was to use an open-source tool for talking to the EyeToy. I tested Motion and it connected right away with the camera. Motion is a very powerful motion detection tool with tons of configuration options. The features that I was interested in were available:

  • Take a photo at a regular interval
  • Expose the photo via a web interface
  • Security options for the web interface

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