What Linux distro is best on the Raspberry Pi? [POLL]

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 ğŸ˜Ž

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 😀

 

 

 

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 ğŸ˜Ž

0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

There has probably been a time when you have ran sudo apt-get update then sudo apt-get dist-upgrade. The output may of been like this:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo apt-get update
Get:1 http://archive.raspbian.org jessie InRelease [14.9 kB]
Get:2 http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org jessie InRelease [14.9 kB]
Get:3 http://archive.raspberrypi.org jessie InRelease [13.2 kB]
Get:4 http://archive.raspbian.org jessie/main Sources [7,745 kB]
Get:5 http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org jessie/main armhf Packages [8,982 kB]
Get:6 http://archive.raspberrypi.org jessie/main Sources [48.6 kB]
Get:7 http://archive.raspberrypi.org jessie/ui Sources [15.2 kB]
Get:8 http://archive.raspberrypi.org jessie/main armhf Packages [116 kB]
Get:9 http://archive.raspberrypi.org jessie/ui armhf Packages [53.6 kB]
Ign http://archive.raspberrypi.org jessie/main Translation-en_GB
Ign http://archive.raspberrypi.org jessie/main Translation-en
Ign http://archive.raspberrypi.org jessie/ui Translation-en_GB
Ign http://archive.raspberrypi.org jessie/ui Translation-en
Get:10 http://archive.raspbian.org jessie/contrib Sources [64.5 kB]
Get:11 http://archive.raspbian.org jessie/non-free Sources [113 kB]
Get:12 http://archive.raspbian.org jessie/rpi Sources [1,132 B]
Get:13 http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org jessie/contrib armhf Packages [37.5 kB]
Get:14 http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org jessie/non-free armhf Packages [70.3 kB]
Get:15 http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org jessie/rpi armhf Packages [1,356 B]
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org jessie/contrib Translation-en_GB
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org jessie/contrib Translation-en
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org jessie/main Translation-en_GB
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org jessie/main Translation-en
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org jessie/non-free Translation-en_GB
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org jessie/non-free Translation-en
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org jessie/rpi Translation-en_GB
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org jessie/rpi Translation-en
Fetched 17.3 MB in 50s (340 kB/s)
Reading package lists… Done
pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Calculating upgrade… Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
pi@raspberrypi:~ $

If you see the 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded message it just means no updates are available just yet. Try sudo apt-get update then sudo apt-get dist-upgrade in a few days. There may be an update available.

Have an awesome day!

Chas 😀

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 😀

What is a Raspberry Pi?

A Raspberry Pi is a £30 computer the size of a credit card designed with kids and programming in mind. It is capable of doing everything a desktop computer is capable of, from surfing the net to playing Minecraft. On this blog I sometimes write about it. You can learn more about the Raspberry Pi at raspberrypi.org.

Hope you now know!

Epic Chas Gamer ğŸ˜Ž

Minecraft on Raspberry Pi Model B 256MB RAM Performance test

This was tested on a fresh Raspbian Wheezy from NOOBS 1.2.1.

Minecraft Pi ran successfully and was very fast. I had to install it manually because I was using an old release of Raspbian 7 wheezy that doesn’t have Minecraft pre-installed.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BEST PERFORMANCE:

CLOSE DOWN ALL BROWSERS BEFORE OPENING MINECRAFT

ALL CPU AND GPU INTENSIVE APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN BEFORE LAUNCHING MINECRAFT (ie. Chromium)

 

Gameband and RasPi3

A Gameband is a cool wristband that backs up Minecraft data, allows you to create animations and even tell the time! You must plug it into your computer through USB to charge it, and while it is plugged in you can play Minecraft through it by opening the Gameband app and clicking Play Minecraft and you can customize animations and view them when the Gameband is unplugged from the PC. The thing is, could you use the Gameband application on a Raspberry Pi 3? The Gameband is compatible with Linux, so would it work on a RasPi3. I would really like to make PixelFurnace animations. I plugged my Gameband into my RasPi3 and saw the Gameband as a mounted USB Drive so I clicked on it and clicked on Gameband_linux.bat and pressed Execute and nothing happened! Is the problem to do with my Raspberry Pi 3, the Gameband or the Operating System. I have also found out that you can run Minecraft PC on a RasPi 3.

Epic Chas Gamer 🙂