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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:53 pm

Pixel is so great. Chromium add-on made it so much cooler. I also noticed we have adobe flash plug-in now. Together with the h264ify plug-in, using RPi as desktop PC becomes one step closer to reality. Now all I need is a preinstalled GUI based media player with built-in HW accelerated video playback and my life will be complete!

Thank you Raspbian development team!

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Sun Oct 30, 2016 8:08 am

What's the best ultralightweight software for raspbian?

PDF viewer / editor (if it's posible, I prefer both)
Media player HW accel.
Office suite

Currently i'm using:
XPDF
VLC
LibreOffice

Any better option??


PD: Ultralightweight racing game for Raspbian?
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Maxi DIY Heatsink + Open Case.

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:18 am

Raspiportable wrote:What's the best ultralightweight software for raspbian?

PDF viewer / editor (if it's posible, I prefer both)
Media player HW accel.
Office suite

Currently i'm using:
XPDF
VLC
LibreOffice

Any better option??


PD: Ultralightweight racing game for Raspbian?
Unless you compile VLC yourself by default it is not Hardware Accelerated AFAIAA


kweb (Minimal Kiosk Browser) - web browser
&
omxplayerGUI - GUIs for omxplayer including an audio player, a video player and a media player frontend:

viewtopic.php?t=40860
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Rockchip Quad-Core RK3288C SoC as used in ASUS Chromebook C201 & Chromebook Flip C100PA as well as the Tinker SBC

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:55 pm

fruitoftheloom wrote:
Raspiportable wrote:What's the best ultralightweight software for raspbian?

PDF viewer / editor (if it's posible, I prefer both)
Media player HW accel.
Office suite

Currently i'm using:
XPDF
VLC
LibreOffice

Any better option??


PD: Ultralightweight racing game for Raspbian?
Unless you compile VLC yourself by default it is not Hardware Accelerated AFAIAA


kweb (Minimal Kiosk Browser) - web browser
&
omxplayerGUI - GUIs for omxplayer including an audio player, a video player and a media player frontend:

viewtopic.php?t=40860
Thanks a lot!

This kit of apps is faster than apps that I said you previously?
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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:15 pm

Raspiportable wrote:What's the best ultralightweight software for raspbian?
Ubeify's fairly lightweight. I spent a lot of time optimizing it to run well on an original 256MB Raspberry Pi.
Ubeify Desktop Media Player For Raspberry Pi Zero, 1, 2 & 3
http://www.ubeify.co.uk/

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:37 pm

Heard about the Pixel interface and pulled out my old RPI yesterday and loaded Raspbian+Pixel. This is a nice windowing system. Had to fiddle around to figure out how to add more desktops. (Sorry I lost track how I got there - but something to do with desktop-click-menu). Finally got that.
The wifi and vnc work great. Thanks to all for pointers to fixing the screen size in the headless mode (config.txt edits).
As I poke around I ask is there a way to chose smaller desktop icons, as one can do with the task bar. If my request is unique and not widely needed then a pointer to smaller icon library and where to put it would be appreciated. Thanks all.

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:47 pm

So at this point in time is there still no way to upgrade Jessie lite to pixel? I wanted to do this so I do not have all those other apps. While some folks suggest starting with full and uninstalling there is no way to get it as clean and minimal as possible. The project I am working on space is kind of at a premium right now.

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Sun Oct 30, 2016 8:01 pm

Mansome wrote:So at this point in time is there still no way to upgrade Jessie lite to pixel? I wanted to do this so I do not have all those other apps. While some folks suggest starting with full and uninstalling there is no way to get it as clean and minimal as possible. The project I am working on space is kind of at a premium right now.
This would be a start:

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sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends raspberrypi-ui-mods gvfs xserver-xorg-video-fbturbo

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:12 pm

ShiftPlusOne wrote:
Mansome wrote:So at this point in time is there still no way to upgrade Jessie lite to pixel? I wanted to do this so I do not have all those other apps. While some folks suggest starting with full and uninstalling there is no way to get it as clean and minimal as possible. The project I am working on space is kind of at a premium right now.
This would be a start:

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sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends raspberrypi-ui-mods gvfs xserver-xorg-video-fbturbo
This is very close to what I need. I just need to test a few things on this. Thank you.

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:13 pm

SOLVED: I took apart the thermostat, disconnected the backup battery, and did a hard power down. Upon reboot, the screen came back. Strange!

I have a Pi2 with the 7" official touchscreen. No keyboard or mouse.

Been running perfectly for over a year.

SSH'ed in and ran the upgrade to the new Jesse + PIXEL. Bad idea.

Pi boots.....but touchscreen display stays black. No flickering, no flash....nothing. Just black.

Doubt it's hardware, since it was working fine just before the upgrade.

Pi is running since I can SSH in. This Pi is the thermostat for my house and is mounted on a wall (hence no kbd or mouse). Thermostat code is running fine, talking to sensors and controlling my furnace. Just no display of any sorts.

Could this be a result of doing the upgrade over SSH?

I've played with LXDE files (in ~/.config/lxsession/LXDE-pi and the like), but nothing seems to make the display work.

Any ideas on what to check?

Thanks!

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:20 am

one question
Pixel's chromium default --with-sandbox or --no-sandbox?

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:12 am

cjan wrote:one question
Pixel's chromium default --with-sandbox or --no-sandbox?
With
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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:39 pm

I recently upgraded my RPi 3 to the new Pixel desktop but after going into the appearance settings menu, the task menu disappeared. I did a second round of update, dist-upgrade, and reboot, but it has still not returned. I read a previous post saying this should have been fixed, but obviously something is still off. Another note is that when I right click on the Desktop, I get a menu for Openbox, not the standard Raspian desktop menu. I am not sure what I need to do, hopefully someone here can help guide me. Thanks.

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:46 am

CakeorDeath22 wrote:I recently upgraded my RPi 3 to the new Pixel desktop but after going into the appearance settings menu, the task menu disappeared. I did a second round of update, dist-upgrade, and reboot, but it has still not returned. I read a previous post saying this should have been fixed, but obviously something is still off. Another note is that when I right click on the Desktop, I get a menu for Openbox, not the standard Raspian desktop menu. I am not sure what I need to do, hopefully someone here can help guide me. Thanks.
If you can provide steps to reproduce the problem, For example 'Download the full image from <date>, run the following commands and it happens every time" would be helpful.

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:05 pm

Is there included an easy way to configure rpi wifi as media access point in pixel desktop?
What I want is connect to my rpi from my tablet , in other words, search for rpi wifi ssid, connect it, and get the files shared by samba,

This is very easy to do with openelec, just need to check access point "enabled" option and choose an access point name, but hard to do with Raspbian...

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:39 pm

nautilus27 wrote:Pixel is so great. Chromium add-on made it so much cooler. I also noticed we have adobe flash plug-in now. Together with the h264ify plug-in, using RPi as desktop PC becomes one step closer to reality. Now all I need is a preinstalled GUI based media player with built-in HW accelerated video playback and my life will be complete!

Thank you Raspbian development team!
yeah the only GUI based Media player with built-in HW accelerated Video player back that works well is packaged with Kweb Suite. It's Called OMXPlayerGUI.
viewtopic.php?t=40860

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:37 pm

I just noticed that with PIXEL, git uses Joe as it's editor for commit messages.
In fact, giving the command 'editor' on the command line launches Joe, so it must be some system wide setting.
How can I set this to nano?

For the record: my non-PIXEL Pi still uses nano.

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:46 pm

JFI if I type editor into LXTerminal it brings up nano on my PIXEL install

I think you must have installed something that uses this joe editor thing

Just to let you know its not a PIXEL thing (AFAICT) - don't know how to change the default editor so no help in actually solving your problem sorry :(
[edit] googling says it can be set in /home/pi/.bashrc but I can't see anything mentioning nano in mine[/edit]

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:14 pm

That's weird.
However, I found a solution.
'editor' is really '/usr/bin/editor', which is a symbolic link to '/etc/alternatives/editor', which in turn is a symbolic link to '/usr/bin/joe'. On my non-PIXEL Pi it points to '/bin/nano', so I changed the link.

The complete picture:
/usr/bin/editor -> /etc/alternatives/editor
/etc/alternatives/editor -> /usr/bin/joe, changed this to /bin/nano
/etc/alternatives/editor.1.gz -> /usr/share/man/man1/joe.1.gz, changed this to /usr/share/man/man1/nano.1.gz

Changing the links involved removing the existing links and making new ones. These were the commands:

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cd /etc/alternatives
sudo rm editor editor.1.gz
sudo ln -s /bin/nano editor
sudo ln -s /use/share/man/man1/nano.1.gz editor.1.gz
This works, but is there an easier way? I always thought there was an environment variable EDITOR involved.
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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:16 pm

There is an easier way

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pi@apollo:/usr/bin$ select-editor

Select an editor.  To change later, run 'select-editor'.
  1. /bin/ed
  2. /bin/nano        <---- easiest
  3. /usr/bin/vim.basic
  4. /usr/bin/vim.tiny

Choose 1-4 [2]: 3
pi@apollo:/usr/bin$
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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:38 pm

I just installed the latest release of rasbian, I don't even have main menu editor... what gives? Did you remove it? I've installed applications, like matchbox keyboard, and it's not showing up in the menu, and any time i search for a fix, i keep running into the whole "use main menu editor" but i don't have it, with the latest install of rasbian... So i tried to google for a fix, no jow, any reference i find just talked about using it, not installing it, reinstalling it etc..

I'm sorry, but rasbian has become just as bad as ubuntu, you guys keep trying to make it pretty, at the expense of stability, and backward compatibility.. at this rate, you should start wiping the forums and starting over with every release, simply to remove the outdated / unhelpful information.

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:48 pm

Does this distro supports Docker ?

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:29 am

sanfx wrote:Does this distro supports Docker ?
Since DebIan supports it then it should work on Raspbian.

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/docker ... pberry-pi/
http://blog.hypriot.com/getting-started ... rm-device/
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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:21 am

Yes, there is Docker for Raspbian on Raspberry Pi. I have tried it out and it does work.

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Re: Introducing PIXEL desktop: new Raspbian release

Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:51 pm

rpdom wrote:Yes, there is Docker for Raspbian on Raspberry Pi. I have tried it out and it does work.
can you share the image you used i would pick that ? i want to run apache and php .

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