What software on RPI?


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by maatohewetbi » Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:19 pm
Can anybody tell me whether using Debian on Raspberry Pi is the same as Debian on ordinary PC? Are there the same packets, programs or there is much less? I want to buy RPi because it's cheap and will give me a lot of fun. But I'm afraid of Raspberry being much worse option than PC.
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by RaTTuS » Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:21 pm
yes,
yes
yes
depends
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longer version
it's the same , less packages but the same
it will give you lots of fun and use - but it's not a PC
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by pluggy » Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:25 am
The Pi is a worse option than a PC, an old PC will run Debian far better than the Pi, but you can take that for what it's worth - I own 3 Pi's - they are great fun. :)
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by maatohewetbi » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:12 pm
Hm, but are the packages on RPi (Debian OS of course) working in the same way as on PC? In general, will this stuff work?:
-apache;
-asterisk;

I don't want to buy big old Pc only for using linux console. I will install on RPi only console to do some funny stuff, like camera monitor for my house etc.
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by pluggy » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:34 pm
Apache and Asterisk are both in the Pi repositories. Apache works OK if slowly, can't vouch for Asterisk. Judging by the number of dependancies it wants to install, its pretty involved. Be aware the Pi is pretty tetchy about USB webcams, the drivers are there, but they trip over the Pi's USB. Some work others don't.
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by maatohewetbi » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:14 am
Well, now I know almost everything. But, one more question: is it true, that RPi doesn't play movies (avi or other formats) smothly? I've read that week ago something about that, which made me disapointed :roll: How it is in real?
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by ghans » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:22 am
This only holds true for ANY other player than omxplayer or XBMC.
Those two options manage h.264 1080p smoothly though.
H.264 and MPEG4 ASP are free. For other formats you can buy licensens (MPEG2 and VC1).
Only Sorenson VP6 , VP7 (Flash videos) and even VP8 do not work smoothly.

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by RaTTuS » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:23 am
maatohewetbi wrote:Well, now I know almost everything. But, one more question: is it true, that RPi doesn't play movies (avi or other formats) smothly? I've read that week ago something about that, which made me disapointed :roll: How it is in real?

no not true well.... YMMV
Mpeg4 .264 play fine on standard machines
mpeg2 and VC.1 will play fine when you buy the appropriate licence file

random encoded will have to be decoded in software so make things go chuggy - all depends

but if you have them encoded in a decent format [see h264] and no worries
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by ghans » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:27 am
Those guys are very enthusiastic about Asterisk on Pi and are constantly
posting updates here ( search around) :
http://nerdvittles.com/?p=3026

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by maatohewetbi » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:33 am
Grant job! I'm very grateful. Thank You all for every answer. Beer for everyone please :D
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