LSW
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Mini-PC

Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:06 pm

Can the Raspberry Pi be used as a Mini-PC for basic web browsing, YouTube, email, etc?

Also, Remote Desktop via Rdesktop towards my PC at home.

This system would be for my Grandma, so it needs to be as soon as it boots to have a easy menu with buttons for YouTube, Sky email, BBC. and also just a web browser link; all of these to open in either Firefox or Chrome. And, a link to open RDP to my desktop onto a locked down account with MS Office and Picassa.

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Re: Mini-PC

Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:09 pm

Yes, but only with the Pi2B. Any other model will be painfully slow by comparison.
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Re: Mini-PC

Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:17 pm

Thanks I think what I would do is as soon as it logs in open up firefox/chrome and open a local webpage fullscreen with links on it to open in a new window.

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Re: Mini-PC

Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:51 pm

I would consider a Chromebook of some sort. I recently picked up a refurb for about $160US and it is a joy to use. It has much more processor (Celeron) and RAM (4GB) than the RPi 2. It also comes with a full HD IPS screen.

One advantage the RPI is that you could use a much larger monitor. Could also be done with the Chromebook but would be an additional cost.

The Chromebook would perform the functions you list and will be easier to manage.

OTOH, perhaps Chromium OS on the RPi would be the winner. :D
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/tag/chromium-os/

(I think I need to put that on an extra SD card and give it a test drive. ;) )

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Re: Mini-PC

Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:56 pm

My advice is that a pi2 is to slow for youtube.

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Re: Mini-PC

Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:58 pm

HankB wrote:I would consider a Chromebook of some sort. I recently picked up a refurb for about $160US and it is a joy to use. It has much more processor (Celeron) and RAM (4GB) than the RPi 2. It also comes with a full HD IPS screen.

One advantage the RPI is that you could use a much larger monitor. Could also be done with the Chromebook but would be an additional cost.

The Chromebook would perform the functions you list and will be easier to manage.

OTOH, perhaps Chromium OS on the RPi would be the winner. :D
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/tag/chromium-os/

(I think I need to put that on an extra SD card and give it a test drive. ;) )

Yes the latest release of ChromiumOS for RPi 2B is pretty good viewtopic.php?f=63&t=136932
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Re: Mini-PC

Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:59 pm

ghodan wrote:My advice is that a pi2 is to slow for youtube.
....not if you use kweb with Raspbian Jessie !!
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Re: Mini-PC

Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:50 pm

What about RDP?

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Re: Mini-PC

Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:28 pm

LSW wrote:What about RDP?
Yes RDP Client is supported under Linux, many posts in this Forum..
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