Restarting with my Raspberry Pi

I have not used my Raspberry Pi 3 for a while but found a good microSD card to use for it today and will be restarting my use of it.

Expect tutorials, Linux distro recommendations, and tips and advice to be posted on here about the Raspberry Pi. At some point, I may buy a Pi 4, but I’ll have to see how I get on with my Pi 3 first and how easily it is to get back to using the Pi after not using it for months (If I buy a Pi 4, it’ll be the 4GB RAM version).

I’m planning on building a script that will allow for easy creation of Debian ports for the Pi in armel architecture (All Pi models, but slow due to not targeting the hard float Pi architecture), armhf architecture (Pi 2 and later excluding Pi Zero, 32-bit mode), and arm64 architecture (Pi 3 and later excluding Pi Zero W, 64-bit mode). Hopefully the experimental OpenGL driver (Pi 2+ only) will improve performance on more resource heavy desktop environments (KDE and GNOME 3), but I reckon GNOME 3 won’t be usable on any Pi except the Pi 4 and even on the Pi 4, only the 4GB RAM variant.

As for Chromium ARM, I may give it another go considering RPF Chromium is lagging three versions behind of the current stable release, however the support is definitely better than it used to be. I remember when Chromium was at version 60 or something and RPF Chromium was still on 51. However using Ubuntu packages in Raspbian or Debian can cause lots of dependency errors. You used to be able to get away with it because most of Ubuntu Chromium’s dependencies were already fulfilled in Raspbian back then, but it isn’t as simple now. Chances are if I restart Chromium ARM I’ll be using the Debian variant instead as Debian is more compatible with Raspbian than Ubuntu is. However, nothing’s confirmed yet.

I hope you’re all excited for the upcoming Raspberry Pi posts.

Enjoy!

-Chas 😎

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One lovely blog award – who are my favourite bloggers?

This challenge has spread across the internet like fire (I didn’t create this challenge) so I have decided to do one. Basically, I have to tell you 7 things about my character. And up to 15 bloggers I enjoy. I have over 40 followers, but as there are limits (a few don’t have blogs) and you can only do up to 15. I am sorry if I do not include you!

So, here are the 7 things about me!

1. I think about my web browser project, ECG SeaSurf , for a lot of my time. I love it because the world wide web is a big place, and making software that allows people to browse such a great thing makes me feel special.

2. I do not try to block the spotlight from other developers as I love seeing what others have produced too, and I love getting inspired.

3. I love playing video games because they are extremely fun, and it feels like I am in the game (no VR here!). They also take stress away.

4. I love writing stories, to entertain people. I am writing a story called Sir Wolf’s Castle, about Minecraft wolves and a villan called Sir Bum-Smacker.

5. I love looking at over blogs and leaving feedback and liking posts because I don’t want to look selfish.

6. I love ketchup. It is an awesome sauce.

7. There are lots of other things I love but don’t blog about: Star Wars and Legends of Chima, for example.

Now, here are my favourite bloggers: I DO NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR LINK CONTENT CHANGING

1. Codeinfig:

An author of a coding language called Fig, a coding enthusiast, and much more. Check out his blog at codeinfig.wordpress.com!

2. Jacque:

If you want to go beyond my app-making service (I would recommend trying it first and requesting a removal if you don’t like it), then Jacque is the person for you. He can even get your app published to the Play Store (I didn’t ask for an app because I can make one myself).

Check out his blog at themarvelousmind.com

3.  ARJ

If you want a guide to coding and you want to be a pro, then ARJ’s blog “A bit of everything – copy” is the place for you. He has another blog, pythongr.wordpress.com, which is worth checking out too.

Find his main blog at abdurrahmaanjanhangeer.wordpress.com

4. Daniel He hetianding

A Minecraft enthusiast, this blogger creates maps and then publishes them.

Find his blog at worldofmanyworlds.wordpress.com.

5. LZH

A real tech enthusiast, admin of a website called TechCentral which contains everything tech.

Leave a comment or like at limzhenghong.wordpress.com

6. AntonioWestley

A master blogger, who loves posting about sites he recommends.

Check out his active site at alltheeabove.wordpress.com.

Check out his inactive site at antoniowestley.wordpress.com

7. antepher

A real ESP8266 and Arduino enthusiast, as well as Python Expert, antepher maintains a blog called techtutorialsx.

Like and comment on his blog at techtutorialsx.wordpress.com!

8. Paul Sinha

One of my first followers, Paul Sinha appears on the Chase and is really funny.

Check out his blog at sinhaha.com

9. Old and New Reviews

Reviewing and playing video games, I enjoy reading this blog.

Follow the blog at oldandnewreviews.com!

10. Is there any blog you recommend?

I can’t think of a tenth, but I want to reach 10, so if you recommend a blog, plz leave  a comment.

PS: The rules (I have forgotten the URL to the original creator’s blog) also mention that you should post about being chosen. So, thank you codeinfig for choosing me! SO, remember that!

Epic Chas Gamer 😀

 

 

 

Fake cases are being made for the Raspberry Pi by scammers – don’t end up with one!

On the Raspberry Pi Blog, the Raspberry Pi Foundation have discovered Chinese Scammers selling fake versions of the official Raspberry Pi Case. I checked mine, and phew, I have not got a fake, but if you are buying the case from a dodgy-looking shop, the blog post is worth reading to make sure you are buying the real case.

A snippet from the blog post:

We managed to get our hands on a sample through a proxy pretending to be a Pi shop, and we have some pictures so you can see what the differences are and ensure that you have the genuine article. The fake cases are not as well made as the real thing, and they also deprive us of some much-needed charitable income. As you probably know, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity. All the money we make from selling computers, cases, cameras, and other products goes straight into our charitable fund to train teachers, provide free learning resources, teach kids, help build the foundations of digital making in schools, and much more.

Just make sure you don’t get your hands on a fake!

Epic Chas Gamer 😀

 

How to VNC onto your Pi for remote access

If you want to access Raspberry Pi from another PC or even phone or tablet, the best way to do it is with VNC. VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing: you can use VNC to access your PC from your phone, etc. 

You need to be running PIXEL for this. 

If you are on a clean installation of PIXEL, then go to Menu/Preferences/Raspberry Pi Configuration. Go to Interfaces and enable VNC. Then click OK.

If you have manually updated to PIXEL, then type sudo apt-get update then sudo apt-get dist-upgrade at the terminal. Then type sudo apt-get install realvnc-vnc-server. Then enable VNC like you would on a clean installation of Raspbian. I recommend rebooting your Pi  before trying to connect.

Then, go to realvnc.com/download/viewer and download the VNC Viewer for the device you are using to connect to your Pi from. Run VNC Viewer and type in your Pi’s IP address. Then, click connect and type in your Pi’s login details. Then bang! You should see your Pi’s desktop.
Enjoy!

Epic Chas Gamer 😎

Chromium 54?

On an older post I commented to tell you I expected a Chromium 54 in Ubuntu Repositories in the next few weeks. Those few weeks have gone so fast! I checked the Ubuntu Repository and I couldn’t find a 54. Time is running out! Soon Google will release a Chrome 55 and Chromium won’t even be at 54 yet! I hope a latest Chromium comes out soon!

All “Install Chromium on Raspberry Pi” posts are now obsolete!

Hi guys!

In the past, I have made a lot of “How to install Chromium on Raspberry Pi” posts. Now these posts are considered obsolete because a Chromium for ARMv7 and ARMv8 installer is found at https://coolchasgamer.wordpress.com/chromium-arm.

chromium53

Chromium 53 on a Raspberry Pi 3

Enjoy!

Epic Chas Gamer 😀

Thunderbird on the Raspberry Pi

Hi guys! Today I found out how to install Mozilla Thunderbird (a program for answering your emails, compatible with various mail services including Outlook.com) onto the Raspberry Pi (it will only work on a Pi 2 and Pi 3). Here is how!

wget https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-mozilla-security/+archive/ubuntu/ppa/+build/11078054/+files/thunderbird_45.4.0+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.1_armhf.deb

sudo dpkg -i thunderbird_45.4.0+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.1_armhf.deb

Then click Menu/Internet and then click Thunderbird Mail. I logged in with my Outlook.com account and it worked! Unlike IceDove which just said I had typed my password incorrectly (when I hadn’t, honestly). Wow! So I can guarantee that Thunderbird works with Outlook.com. It should work with GMail and other modern email as well! So you can install it onto your Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 using this guide!

Enjoy!

Epic Chas Gamer 😀

Install latest Chromium on ARM devices

Hi guys! Here is a script that installs latest Chromium onto ARM Linux! Enjoy!
# This script installs latest Chromium onto ARM Linux
# This script was created by Epic Chas Gamer
# Check out Epic Chas Gamer's blog at https://coolchasgamer.wordpress.com
# Leave feedback at https://coolchasgamer.wordpress.com/chromium-arm

echo "Welcome!"
echo "Chromium is installing..."

echo "Downloading Chromium packages"

wget http://ports.ubuntu.com/pool/universe/c/chromium-browser/chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra_53.0.2785.143-0ubuntu0.14.04.1.1142_armhf.deb

wget http://ports.ubuntu.com/pool/universe/c/chromium-browser/chromium-browser-l10n_53.0.2785.143-0ubuntu0.14.04.1.1142_all.deb

wget http://ports.ubuntu.com/pool/universe/c/chromium-browser/chromium-browser_53.0.2785.143-0ubuntu0.14.04.1.1142_armhf.deb

echo "Unpacking Chromium-Codecs-Ffmpeg-Extra"
sudo dpkg -i chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra_53.0.2785.143-0ubuntu0.14.04.1.1142_armhf.deb

echo "Downloading Libcrypt11"
wget http://ports.ubuntu.com/pool/main/libg/libgcrypt11/libgcrypt11_1.5.0-3_armhf.deb

echo "Unpacking Libcrypt11"
sudo dpkg -i libgcrypt11_1.5.0-3_armhf.deb

echo "Downloading Libpci3"
wget http://ports.ubuntu.com/pool/main/p/pciutils/libpci3_3.2.1-1ubuntu5.1_armhf.deb

echo "Unpacking Libpci3"
sudo dpkg -i libpci3_3.2.1-1ubuntu5.1_armhf.deb

echo "Installing Libspeechd2"
wget http://ports.ubuntu.com/pool/main/s/speech-dispatcher/libspeechd2_0.8.5-0ubuntu2_armhf.deb

echo "Unpacking Libspeechd2"
sudo dpkg -i libspeechd2_0.8.5-0ubuntu2_armhf.deb

echo "Unpacking Chromium-Browser-L10n"
sudo dpkg -i chromium-browser-l10n_53.0.2785.143-0ubuntu0.14.04.1.1142_all.deb chromium-browser_53.0.2785.143-0ubuntu0.14.04.1.1142_armhf.deb

rm -R .cache/chromium

rm -R .config/chromium

sudo mv /usr/bin/x-www-browser /usr/bin/x-www-browser.bak

sudo mv /usr/bin/gnome-www-browser /usr/bin/gnome-www-browser.bak

sudo cp /usr/bin/chromium-browser /usr/bin/x-www-browser

sudo cp /usr/bin/chromium-browser /usr/bin/gnome-www-browser

echo "Chromium is now installed and set as your default browser"
"If you get issues then plz leave feedback at https://coolchasgamer.wordpress.com/chromium-arm"

Have fun surfing the web!

Epic Chas Gamer 😀

Firefox 49 on Raspbian Jessie Raspberry Pi 2 and 3

THIS WILL ONLY WORK ON A PI 2 OR PI 3!

IF YOU HAVE USED FIREFOX-ESR PREVIOUSLY DO SUDO APT-GET REMOVE FIREFOX-ESR BEFORE DOING THIS TUTORIAL!

wget https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-mozilla-security/+archive/ubuntu/ppa/+build/10930950/+files/firefox_49.0+build4-0ubuntu0.14.04.1_armhf.deb

 

sudo dpkg -i firefox_49.0+build4-0ubuntu0.14.04.1_armhf.deb

Then click Menu/Internet/Firefox Web Browser.

firefoxonraspberrypi

Enjoy!

Epic Chas Gamer 😀

Unofficial Raspberry Pi Clock Application

Hi guys. Today I have been experimenting with Python and Pygame. I managed to make a clock application for the Raspberry Pi.

Here is the code:

import pygame, sys, time

pygame.init()

screen = pygame.display.set_mode((1184, 624),
pygame.FULLSCREEN)
pygame.display.set_caption(“Raspberry Pi Clock”)

clockFont = pygame.font.Font(None, 72)
clock = pygame.time.Clock()

##COLOURS

WHITE = (255, 255, 255)
RED = (255, 0, 0)

##IMAGES
logo = pygame.image.load(“/usr/share/raspberrypi-artwork/launch.png”)
piclock = pygame.image.load(“raspitimebackground.png”)

##CODE
screen.blit(piclock, (0, 0))
pygame.display.flip()

time.sleep(2)

screen.blit(logo, (0, 0))
pygame.display.flip()

theFont = pygame.font.Font(None, 32)
theSurf = theFont.render(“Raspberry Pi”, True, WHITE)
theRect = theSurf.get_rect()
theRect.midtop = (115, 5)
screen.blit(theSurf, theRect)
pygame.display.flip()

loadFont = pygame.font.Font(None, 32)
loadSurf = theFont.render(“Press Enter to load the desktop”, True, WHITE)
loadRect = theSurf.get_rect()
loadRect.midtop = (500, 300)
screen.blit(loadSurf, loadRect)
pygame.display.flip()
while True:
clock.tick(1)
clockTime = time.strftime(“%H:%M:%S”, time.localtime())
clockText = clockFont.render(str(clockTime), True, WHITE, RED)
screen.blit(clockText, (1000, 550))
pygame.display.update()
for event in pygame.event.get():
if event.type == pygame.KEYDOWN:
if event.key == pygame.K_RETURN:
pygame.quit()
sys.exit()

The following image is required for this project file

raspitimebackground

If for some reason you ever need this image, feel free to use it. Learn more.

In the future, I will make a blog post about auto starting apps on the Pi.

Enjoy!

Epic Chas Gamer 😀