Now comes install time. I wanted to change SD cards in my Raspberry Pi, so I started with a fresh Raspbian install and updated it. The OctoPrint Github page has instructions for getting OctoPrint up and running on Raspbian fairly quickly but I ran into a couple hiccups My problem was around python-pip, for some reason python-pip requires python 2.6 and OctoPrint wants python 2.7, a quick search leads me over to the Raspberry Pi forums where somebody else had the same issue. Here are slightly modified instructions:
cd ~ sudo apt-get install python-setuptools git sudo easy_install pip git clone https://github.com/foosel/OctoPrint.git cd OctoPrint sudo pip install -r requirements.txt
Everything installed and launched fine, and I was able to open up the browser and was good to go. Next I wanted to try to connect to the printer and I ran into a another small little hiccup. My user didn't have proper permissions to use the serial port my printer was connected to so I had to fix that and now I was able to connect to the printer and get temps.
chmod a+rw /dev/ttyACM0
It was now bed time so how will it works while doing a print is to be determined but everything looks promising. I also look forward to seeing if I can get my webcam working to remotely watch prints. OctoPrint does help fill a need, but it does still require me to use a regular computer for slicing models into gcode so its only one step closer to my end goals.