The Raspberry Pi was designed to be a cheap computer to enable kids (of all ages) all over the world to learn programming.
IMPORTANT: To activate Elastic COBOL you must be connected to the network and you must use the on-board LAN adapter to connect to your network. You can try using a wireless network adapter, but it may not work.
Once activated, you can switch back to a wireless network adapter and continue to use Elastic COBOL, but after 30 days you will need to connect again via the on-board LAN adapter. This cycle repeats itself every 30 days.
If you remain connected to the network via the on-board LAN adapter, Elastic COBOL will continue to work without any additional steps required.
Getting Your Raspberry Pi Ready
Setup your SD card with a Raspian Linux distribution.
Once your operating system is running, updating it is generally good practice:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
Installing Required Software
Elastic COBOL applications run on the Java platform, so a Java JDK is required.
Raspian has Oracle Java installed by default, so no additional steps are needed.
Installing Elastic COBOL
Put your 'elasticcobol.properties' file in your $HOME directory (this would have been emailed to you as part of the registration process).
Then extract the Elastic COBOL package in your $HOME directory, and run the setup script for the drivers:
$ cd $HOME
$ tar xzf ec4rpi.gz
$ cd ec4rpi
$ source setup.sh
To setup your drivers automatically when you log in:
$ echo "source $HOME/ec4rpi/setup.sh" >> $HOME/.profile
Validate Your Install
Ask Elastic COBOL to display a version banner:
Elastic COBOL V14.11.8 Copyright (C) 2010-2014 Heirloom Computing
No source files specified to compile.
Click here to see how to compile and run your first Elastic COBOL application on the Raspberry Pi.