techskies11
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Third party desktop environment GUI

Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:04 am

Was wondering how I can use a third party desktop environment GUI, I saw some that are very minimal Etc

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Re: Third party desktop environment GUI

Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:14 am

The Raspberry Pi Desktop has been pretty well optimised, so it's quite light on resources.

However, there are a variety of desktop GUI environments for Linux, and you should be able to install most of them (if not all). Best bet would be to start with Raspbian Lite and install whatever desktop GUI you want. If you want minimal, you can install a window manager with no desktop to save resources.

There are also some lightweight distros like Tiny Core Linux you might want to take a look at.
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Re: Third party desktop environment GUI

Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:25 am

I’ll see what’s available, I wanted to create a project where it’s minimal desktop environment with access to certain applications at boot up but I’ll have to figure it out, I’m in the realm of audio applications,

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Re: Third party desktop environment GUI

Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:35 am

There are some simplified GUI environments that look like something you'd find on a phone or tablet (icon based), but I can't seem to recall any names at the moment. Hopefully there's someone else here with more functional grey matter (and If I think of anything I'll pop back in).

Try searching google for something along the lines of Linux for kids, or maybe the elderly, or Linux icon GUI.


EDIT:
Or maybe something like this could be adapted: https://www.balena.io/blog/make-a-web-f ... 0-minutes/
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Re: Third party desktop environment GUI

Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:37 am

Thanks ya I have to do my research

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Re: Third party desktop environment GUI

Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:39 am

Check the link I edited in above. Might be something you could use.
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Re: Third party desktop environment GUI

Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:19 am

QT is about the only main one that comes to mind.

I have been looking at TCL/TK as that runs on most OS's, but it looks dated.
How does Kodi do it's 10ft interface GUI?

A lot of other GUI stuff has gone commercial, various SDK's you can buy.
UI SDK's for the Tizen OS are interesting.

I have used Python with PyGame,
Kivy extends Python UI's to accelerated..
Netbeans to make JavaFX interfaces.

Recently I have got Ultibo baremetal with OpenVG to work, but that's for my learning about OS's
Mostly based on AJ Starks OpenVG stuff, so try his GO version of Deck?

Android does not use X11 it has it's own way to make screens.

Now that the Pi4 is out, one day we can use Vulkan tools to do this.
There seems to be lot of tools for game UI's that can use Vulkan now.

PiCore is my preferred lightweight Linux OS.
The Pi4 is very usable for native development, time to play with DIY UI/Desktops?
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Re: Third party desktop environment GUI

Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:43 am

Thanks lol a lot to think about!
Not sure about balena but I will see what happens

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