I need to install v1.6.9 of Arduino SDK on a RPi Zero and have been trying for the past day without success. Is it actually possible to do?
I can use "apt-get install arduino" but that gives me a very old version. Any attempts to download / install the latest version of the SDK throw a few errors during extracting from archive file but everything seems to be there. I've tried the Linux 32-bit download and the ARM download but neither start up although the ARM version at least gives me the Arduino / Genuino splash screen for a few seconds.
If it's not possible then I'll give up trying and revert to some other tools I know do work but if it is actually possible I'll persevere. Any help gratefully received.
you should ask your question at the raspberry pi forum (raspberrypi.org) though I've had a mixed experience there. tons of knowledgeable people. it's a very tightly controlled forum and your question may get locked. (in particular be careful because people are encouraged to message the mods, but they don't like getting flooded with messages - creating a worst-of-both-worlds scenario where the mods step in for problems they create - for example in your case, if nobody has an answer then the question would/should be left unanswered. On the other hand if mods encourage everyone to message them, they'll be flooded with messages and lock your thread to stop all of the work they've generated for themselves.)
Anyway that's some of the downside. On the other hand LOADS and loads of people use both arduinos and raspberry pis so if the moderators don't get in the way you will get VERY helpful feedback right away. That forum is far, far more active than this one. The tiny amount of signal they let through is great.
I also found this: it's a tutorial for running an Arduino IDE on a Raspberry Pi, however it is old. Let me know if you're able to use this or to get your question addressed on the raspberry forum - I'd be interested to know.
By the way, I'm currently thinking of designing a board that is dual-subsystem, with one being like a raspberry pi zero (by which I mean tiny, cheap, embedded Linux single board computer with low and predictable power usage, GPIO and related pins, incredibly affordable, tiny and ready to embed) and a second subsystem being like a complete arduino subsystem. Besides allowing you to program the arduino side from the raspberry pi side, which would be great, this would enable huge power savings, much easier real-time stuff on the arduino side, and lots of other benefits. It would also allow both communities to benefit from each other's work. I hope you'll follow along if I go down this route.