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 😎

How to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10/8.1/8

Hey guys! Here I will show you how to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10, 8.1 or 8.

First, you will need a freshly formatted USB Drive. To Format a USB Drive in Windows, just open File Manager, then right click on the USB Drive in the corner and click Format. Format the USB Drive as FAT or FAT32 and then eject the USB Drive.

Download an Ubuntu ISO file for your architecture from ubuntu.com. You can choose from either AMD64 or 32-bit Intel. If your PC’s architecture is 64-bit, even if you have an Intel Processor, you should choose the AMD64 version of Ubuntu.

If your PC’s architecture is 32-bit, even if you are using an AMD processor, you should download the 32-bit Intel ISO file.

Once you have hold of your ISO file, you can load it in a program called Cyberlink ISO Viewer (or a similar program). Cyberlink ISO came free with my laptop, but you may not be able to get it for free.

Click Mount as Virtual Drive and mount as a drive letter that isn’t already mounted. Then plug your USB Stick into your PC and copy the files from the Virtual Drive to the USB Stick. Then click on Settings, Update and Recovery, Recovery, and then click Restart Now underneath Advanced Startup.

Your PC should reboot. Click on boot from device and click on USB Drive. Your PC will reboot yet again. You should get options to try or install Ubuntu. Click Try Ubuntu. Try playing around with the OS. Any changes you make will be lost. If you want to install Ubuntu so you can save files, etc, then double click on the “Install Ubuntu” icon on the desktop.

Go through the installation. When you are asked whether you want to install Ubuntu, click Install alongside Windows. Click Continue and follow the instructions onscreen.

Once Ubuntu is installed, click Restart Now and remove the USB Stick. You should see a screen telling you whether you want to boot Ubuntu, or Windows. If so, use the arrow keys to navigate, and press Enter when highlighting Ubuntu.

Ubuntu should boot. Well done! You have installed Ubuntu alongside Windows 10/8.1/8.

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!