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by DavidS
Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: More Responsive WM and DE for RPi BCM2835 with 512MB RAM
Replies: 3
Views: 137

More Responsive WM and DE for RPi BCM2835 with 512MB RAM

I have a few early Raspberry Pi B boards, as well as two Raspberry Pi B+ boards, that I had been using for RISC OS. Now that I am using Raspbian as my primary system I would like to put them to use running Raspbian (mostly because they take less power than the 3B). Unfortunately the Pixel Desktop, o...
by DavidS
Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Will people please think about low res displays?
Replies: 45
Views: 1163

Re: Will people please think about low res displays?

Yes there is an easy to design a UI for just about any resolution. Just make sure it will work in the lower res cases, and at higher resolution use larger areas for displaying things that can take advantage of it (more editing space, or larger views for rendering, etc). If you really do not like the...
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Broken package in raspbian
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: Broken package in raspbian

That is interesting. Raspbian is 32 bit, and it is missing an aarch64 gcc package, it does not make since that a 64 bit package would be required for anything on a 32 bit os.
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Truly portable lightweight GUI toolkit?
Replies: 17
Views: 538

Re: Truly portable lightweight GUI toolkit?

You have a oddly large number of people using different systems near you, especially if that is outside just and interest. (Even Linux if only looking at the Desktop market, is less than 2% and FreeBSD which I think is the 6th largest is ~0.01% someone may know better, this was last time I had a lo...
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Less X?
Replies: 18
Views: 450

Re: Less X?

While I do like where X is now, I would like to use X less than I currently do. Why? What do you expect to gain from that? What problem are you trying to solve? Less memory usage? Faster startup? Speed of screen updates? None of those. Startup is quite fast enough, I have plenty of memory left (and...
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Less X?
Replies: 18
Views: 450

Re: Less X?

None that I know of. Although I know it is possible to create GUI apps using Qt that render to the frame buffer directly, including hardware accelerated 3D, done that. It would be great if a browser or Electron could render to the FB. Thank you. I know there was once mention of an HTML5 Graphical W...
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Less X?
Replies: 18
Views: 450

Re: Less X?

2 Graphics Editing/Viewing Programs : Picture viewers, Paint programs, Draw Programs, etc. 6: Multimedia Players : I know about omxplayer , VLC , and ffplay . I am looking for what others there are that do NOT need X. Also good background music players. I understand that some of what I am looking f...
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Truly portable lightweight GUI toolkit?
Replies: 17
Views: 538

Re: Truly portable lightweight GUI toolkit?

MS-DOS does not require an Intel 586 processor or make any use of it's features (other than speed). Nor even 486, 386 or 286. Writing an emulator for the Intel 8086 is not so hard though I'm sure there are such things already. Just need to marry such an emulator up with Free DOS to get DOS on the P...
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Truly portable lightweight GUI toolkit?
Replies: 17
Views: 538

Re: Truly portable lightweight GUI toolkit?

I have not met a DOS, RISC OS, Atari or Amiga user for over twenty years. I think I would say at least 30 years for the last time I saw real DOS (not the DOSBOX emulator). Very odd, I wonder what the 18 DOS users do with it? FreeDOS version 1.2 is not nearly that old (Released November of 2016). ht...
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Less X?
Replies: 18
Views: 450

Less X?

I am now using Raspbian Linux as my primary OS. Needs that RISC OS can not currently meet and are beyond my ability to compensate for at this time, have caused me to make friends with Raspbian. i would like to reduce the need for X as much as reasonable,. While I do like where X is now, I would like...
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Truly portable lightweight GUI toolkit?
Replies: 17
Views: 538

Re: Truly portable lightweight GUI toolkit?

DavidS, I'm almost certain there is no such GUI toolkit that meets all your requirements. If you really want to create a GUI program for writing SD/Disk images to SD cards that is usable by 99.9 percent of your fellow humans that have a computer then use electron. Oh wait, the resin.io guys already...
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: what to do with 64GB micro sd?
Replies: 28
Views: 813

Re: what to do with 64GB micro sd?

Your posts as always are completely left field, maybe your life would be easier if you stick to RiscOS Section and forgot any other Operating System existed ?? I have finally given into using Unix derived systems as primaries, mostly Linux Raspbian distro, and this is my welcome? I am only attempti...
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Truly portable lightweight GUI toolkit?
Replies: 17
Views: 538

Re: Truly portable lightweight GUI toolkit?

One additional requirement:
Should be able to be compiled with TCC, GCC, BCC, and AHCC/Pure C.

Again thinking about maximum portability, among OS's still in common use that have a Graphical Windowing system.
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Truly portable lightweight GUI toolkit?
Replies: 17
Views: 538

Truly portable lightweight GUI toolkit?

In having been given a concept for a front end type program that would help with writing SD/Disk images to SD cards (using dd on the back end), I am wondering if it is easily doable in C. Is there a truly lightweight toolkit that is portable across all the commonly platforms today. One that is very ...
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: what to do with 64GB micro sd?
Replies: 28
Views: 813

Re: what to do with 64GB micro sd?

DavidS, In order to provide something a little more universal, and without js: if I may make a suggestion, why not just write a very simple front end program in a language that includes graphics and mouse commands and is portable across all the target platforms (including ARMHF Linux), that takes c...
by DavidS
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Will people please think about low res displays?
Replies: 45
Views: 1163

Re: Will people please think about low res displays?

I've pinged some oversized windows on LCD (800x480 Foundation version) issues to Simon who is currently fixing all those we have access to. Some we do not have source to (SonicPi IIRC) so cannot fix the oversized splashscreen. the obvious one is the SSH pasword warning window. If anyone does find a...
by DavidS
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Will people please think about low res displays?
Replies: 45
Views: 1163

Re: Will people please think about low res displays?

Imperf3kt wrote: Just increase the size of the framebuffer via config.txt
Thats how I fit my desktop and all programs on a 800*480 screen.
LOL
I bet that looks interesting. How many pixels do not get drawn? Does it make seeing details more difficult?
by DavidS
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Will people please think about low res displays?
Replies: 45
Views: 1163

Re: Will people please think about low res displays?

Sorry about extra reply: Another option: If the RPi foundation could choose alternatives that do already fit well in a 640 vertical resolution screen. That is for a given offending application find an alternative application that performs the same task and already fits in the screen. I think that t...
by DavidS
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: AROS - A lightweight multitasking OS, perfect for the Pi
Replies: 18
Views: 5015

Re: AROS - A lightweight multitasking OS, perfect for the Pi

I have been waiting for a true native RPi port of AROS since the first glimmer of an ARM Linux hosted port was announced.

i am glad that there is some mention, some continuing activity.
by DavidS
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: RISCOS
Topic: Bundle of questions before starting
Replies: 4
Views: 1858

Re: Bundle of questions before starting

1 - Do the BBC basic still allow to switch to assembly. And if Yes, does the neon instructions are allowed ? Yes it does. Same as always. And the current version supports VFP and NEON instructions. 2 - Is it possible to draw on the DSI device AND hdmi device simultaneously i do not know of anyone t...
by DavidS
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: RISCOS
Topic: Accessing GPIO pins from RISC OS BBC BASIC
Replies: 9
Views: 6017

Re: Accessing GPIO pins from RISC OS BBC BASIC

That's exactly what I'm looking for : How to control the GPIO pins of my Raspberry Pi 3 Model B from a 'BBC BASIC'/(in 'RISC OS Pico image' or 'RISC OS Pi image') program. For example, here's how to blink the green LED on the RPi3 board with the other implementation of BASIC ( the IchigoJam BASIC )...
by DavidS
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: RISCOS
Topic: RPCEmu on RPi
Replies: 5
Views: 2678

Re: RPCEmu on RPi

Why are you emulating RiscOS (I assume running on Raspbian?) when the true RiscOS also runs on the RPI? Unfortunately tests of the old software have not been successful on modern RISCOS - 16bit modules and screen modes being the main problems. I assume you mean software that uses 26 bit R15, that i...
by DavidS
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: RISCOS
Topic: Trying to dual boot RISCOS and Retropie
Replies: 7
Views: 727

Re: Trying to dual boot RISCOS and Retropie

Option 3: Write RISC OS to a large enough SD Card, put a 4GB (4294967296 Byte) unknown type partition around the space used by RISC OS, do this by directly editing the root sector. Then put your RetroPi installation in a new ext4 partition, and the boot files in the FAT32 partition. Have two copies ...
by DavidS
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Will people please think about low res displays?
Replies: 45
Views: 1163

Re: Will people please think about low res displays?

Sorry about extra reply: Another option: If the RPi foundation could choose alternatives that do already fit well in a 480 vertical resolution screen. That is for a given offending application find an alternative application that performs the same task and already fits in the screen. I think that th...
by DavidS
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Will people please think about low res displays?
Replies: 45
Views: 1163

Re: Will people please think about low res displays?

@ hippy : I agree it would be to much for them to update everything, that would never be asked. That i am aware of there are only maybe 15 to 20 applications included with Raspbian pre-installed on the SD that are offenders, other applications in the repo need the attention of the maintainers of th...

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