Raspbian Desktop LoveRPi US Edition for Raspberry Pi Boards

Love Our Pi

The folks over at LoveRPi announced their customized Raspbian Desktop images for Raspberry Pi boards. This release is based on the 2018-11-13 release of Raspbian Desktop Full with our modifications to improve performance and stability.




Modifications:

  • Larger FAT32 partition starting at standard 1MB offset
  • BTRFS root filesystem with compression, checksumming, and metadata duplication
  • Automatic kernel initrd generation and pruning on upgrade (apt-get and rpi-update)
  • Automatic filesystem resize to disk size without reboot
  • Automatic swap partition generation on first start
  • Disable overscan by default
  • Rotate LCD for correct orientation on Raspberry Pi Touchscreen Display
  • Change radio frequency support, locale, and timezone to US
  • Include touchscreen keyboard and vim by default
  • Remove unnecessary piwiz autostart
  • Reduced image size by 1GB for faster flashing
  • Desktop link assets for quick reference (removable)

Supported Boards:

  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
  • Raspberry Pi Model B
  • Raspberry Pi Zero W
  • Raspberry Pi Zero

DOWNLOAD LINK: http://share.loverpi.com/board/raspberry-pi/raspbian/2018-11-13-raspbian-stretch-desktop-loverpi.zip
FILENAME: 2018-11-13-raspbian-stretch-desktop-loverpi.zip
SHA512SUM: 7dcd6402e52fd3981d150185368bde018c46963d629f93fe6059b71ef033066a5ddcc95589e32033769722c40df7dcd0b9456c54d8704949698c5603c5b211c5

Lite image available here.

2018 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Award Winners

ermy posted the 2018 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Award Winners list over at the Linux Questions website. Click the link below to be taken to the closed poll.

Linux Questions

https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-news-59/2018-linuxquestions-org-members-choice-award-winners-4175648153/

jermy says:

The polls are closed and the results are in. We once again had some extremely close races and the large number of new categories this year certainly kept things interesting. Congratulations to each and every nominee. The official results:

  • Audio Media Player Application of the Year – VLC (24.10%)
  • Backup Application of the Year – rsync (43.36%)
  • Browser of the Year – Firefox (57.63%)
  • Browser Privacy Solution of the Year – uBlock Origin (31.21%)
  • Container of the Year – Docker (57.63%)
  • Database of the Year – MariaDB (44.59%)
  • Desktop Distribution of the Year – Linux Mint (14.93%)
  • Desktop Environment of the Year – Plasma Desktop (KDE) (29.43%)
  • Digital Audio Workstation of the Year – Ardour (33.33%)
  • Email Client of the Year – Thunderbird (61.54%)
  • File Manager of the Year – Dolphin (25.68%)
  • Host Security Application of the Year – AppArmor (31.25%)
  • IDE of the Year – Visual Studio Code (19.08%)
  • IRC Client of the Year – HexChat (47.67%)
  • Linux Desktop Vendor of the Year – System76 (55.17%)
  • Linux Server Vendor of the Year – Dell (32.69%)
  • Linux/Open Source Podcast of the Year – GNU World Order (20.00%)
  • Live Distribution of the Year – antiX (24.70%)
  • Log Management Tool of the Year – Logwatch (43.75)
  • Network Monitoring Application of the Year – Nagios XI (30.51%)
  • Network Security Application of the Year – Wireshark (20.25%)
  • Open Source File Sync Application of the Year – Nextcloud / Syncthing tie (25.93%)
  • Open Source Game of the Year – SuperTuxKart / 0 A.D. tie (16.51%)
  • Orchestrator of the Year – Kubernetes (74.19%)
  • Privacy Solution of the Year – GnuPG (27.88%)
  • Programming Language of the Year – Python (32.51%)
  • Raster Graphics Editor of the Year – GIMP (79.49%)
  • Secure Messaging Application of the Year – Signal (40.00%)
  • Server Distribution of the Year – Slackware (25.69%)
  • Single Board Computer of the Year – Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (58.43%)
  • Text Editor of the Year – vim (24.92%)
  • Universal Packaging Format of the Year – Appimage (38.89%)
  • Video Authoring Application of the Year – KDEnlive (41.67%)
  • Video Media Player of the Year – VLC (65.00%)
  • Video Messaging Application of the Year – Skype (44.90%)
  • Virtualization Application of the Year – VirtualBox (56.79%)
  • Window Manager of the Year – Openbox (24.64%)
  • X Terminal Emulator of the Year – Konsole (20.94%)

jermy also says:

If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can improve the MCA’s next year, do let us know. Visit https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest…ce-awards-128/ to view the individual polls, which contain the complete results. Visit http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/2018mca.php for a visual representation of each category on a single page.

–jeremy

Raspbian update makes things even better…

Hello everyone!

I just received my new Raspberry Pi from the folks over at the Pi Hut and could not wait to get it installed on my bench and see all of the new improvements that have come out with the latest version of Raspbian.

As always, when you get a new pie you should always put it on your DINrPlate so it is not going to make a mess shorting out on anything that you have lying around on your test bench.

The Raspberry Pi 3B+ came in a simple package that was easy to open and allowed me fast access to my latest diversion. I have been waiting 3 months to get to this new board and the wait was well worth it!

Top side of the new Raspberry Pi 3B+

Bottom side of the Raspberry Pi 3B+

So once I have it installed on the plate above I went to go fetch the latest version of Raspbian. They are always making changes to it making the install process easier and easier for beginners. If you have been waiting for a time to get started with the Raspberry Pi and found the installation process frustrating you might just want to take another crack at it again. Much easier and straight forward now.

First this you want to do is go download the lastest version of NOOBS, that is what I did as a .zip file, and then unzip it on your local system.

Once you have it unzipped you can copy over the contents of that zip file over to your newly formatted SD card. Once you have done that, take it to your Raspberry Pi and then boot it up.

When you first boot up you will see the following screen with only 2 options until you get your Wi-Fi going.

Click on the Wi_Fi icon and log onto one of your local networks.

Once you have done that you will have many more choices for what you can install. In my case I wanted Raspbian so that is what I selected.

Once you have done that, go get a cup of coffee/tea and sit back, this is going to take a few minutes.

When done it will prompt you with OK. I don’t know why people have to include the OK button… just get on with it already!

Once you have clicked OK your Raspberry Pi will reboot and take you to the new start up screens.

Set everything to your local area…

Change your password!! This is w WAY overdue step in the process. I am so glad that they added this! This will make the whole Raspberry Pi Community a better place as we will all be more secure. In my opinion this should have been a mandatory step since day one. But I digress…

Then you will be prompted to sign onto a Wi-Fi network if you did not pick one during the installation process. Another much needed step in this process!

Enter your password…

When your connected to the Internet you can then check for updates for your Raspberry Pi. Another much needed step!

When all done you should get the following message telling you your up to date. Always a good thing!

At this point your Raspberry Pi is now setup and ready for you to use. Time for another reboot to get everything all set. Remember, at this time you can go into your Raspi-Config and make changes. I turned on VNC and SSH. I am always on the PI via one or both of those from my main PC.

I also wanted to take the time to let all of you know that even though the new Raspberry Pi 3B+ is more power efficient than all of the previous models it still at peek usage consume MORE power. So I am using a 5v 3a power supply that terminates in a barrel jack. I then use a barrel jack to micro USB converter to power the Raspberry Pi 3B+. I figures that a picture would also help explain it. Want to make sure that power is not a problem!

ok, now that we have rebooted and we are back on the desktop you can click on the Raspberry Icon and open up your applications menu.

You can then navigate down to “preferences” and to “recommended software”.

As you can see there are “all programs” you can select or you can pick other things like “games” or “programming”.

If you do not see what your looking for, and I didn’t, you can also go to “preferences” and “add/remove software”. This will most likely still be the way I do things as I find it has a better selection (for now).

When you open that up you can type in the search box for something that your interested in installing on your PI.

Or, you can select a category, I selected Games, and you can see games that you can install.

I didn’t want to install any games at this time but I did want to listen to some mp3’s that I have on my phone on the Raspberry Pi 3B+. So I typed “vlc” in the search box and behold VLC showed up as one of my choices. So I installed it!

Installation is easy, only takes a few seconds to maybe a minute depending on your Internet speed…

When completed you have a new category on your main menu for your new program! Easy Peasy!

In some cases you will want to install a program that will not install when you try either of the ways I listed above. The Phoronix Test Suite is one of those such programs. It is listed in the add/remove software section but it will not install that way. I am not sure if it is a bug but I have tried it many times on many versions with zero success that way.

I HAVE had success bu going to the Phoronix website though!

Select the Debian package and download that…

Once downloaded go ahead and double click on it…

Your Raspberry Pi 3B+ will ask you if you wish to install it…

If you say yes you will be prompted for your password. When you changed it you committed it to memory or wrote it down somewhere right?

Just like VLC it will take a moment to install it and then you will have a new group with an icon for you to use your new program!

With this new version of Raspbian for NOOBS it has never been to easy to setup a Raspberry Pi 3B+ (and previous versions of Pi). I will go into more depth with Phoronix and VLC in future posts. I just wanted to get this post out there so you can start to configure your Raspberry Pi’s as well.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I look forward to putting the Raspberry Pi 3B+ through it’s paces and explore many projects with it. I have been working on getting a lot of items together for future regular posts. The rest of this year is going to be great! Catch you real soon 🙂

Raspberry Pi Zero W Headless Setup – Day 1

My Raspberry Pi Zero W arrived and I finally had a chance to sit down and start to do some work with it. I downloaded the latest version of Raspbian, and installed it on a Sandisk Ultra Plus Class 10 microSDHC 16 GB card using Etcher. I did a lot of YouTube watching and read a lot of comments on what worked for setting up the Zero W headless. It worked fairly well for the most part as I am running it via a USB cable off a Windows 10 system.

Raspberry PI Zero W
Raspberry PI Zero W top side

When you are done, locate the file “config.txt” from the Boot drive of the sdcard and insert this at the end

dtoverlay=dwc2

Then save the file, and locate the file called “cmdline.txt” and insert this text right after rootwait

modules-load=dwc2,g_ether

When done, save the file and your going to create 2 more files before your done.  I created both of these files with Notepad++

The first file you want to create is called “ssh” with no extension and completely empty.

The next file you want to create is called “wpa_supplicant.conf” and you want to put the following in it.

ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
update_config=1
country=US

network={
        ssid="YOUR SSID"
        psk="your password"
        key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
}

and you can now insert the sd card into the Raspberry Pi Zero W.

Remember, you need to edit those 2 files and add those 2 files for this to work the way I did it. It is not the only way but it is the way that I got it to work.

To access your Raspberry Pi Zero W from your computer, use ssh client PuTTY and point it to:

pi@raspberrypi.local

Password: raspberry

Now you should be all done!

Raspberry PI Zero W
Raspberry PI Zero W bottom side

Once I was into the Pi I ran the command:

sudo raspi-config

Your going to want to make sure that WiFi is on under network options and that you have VNC on under interfacing options. Turn those both on and then reboot your Pi.

sudo reboot

Watch your Pi and in about 30 seconds you can relaunch your last PuTTy session and get right back into the terminal.

If you want to get into the Pixel desktop you can VNC into it with VNC Viewer and do all the GUI things that you would like to.

NOTE: This is a Raspberry Pi Zero W. It is not very fast in the desktop environment. I suggest that you do not log into your Google services if you are a heavy user of extensions. Your Pi will run very slow.

I’ll get into the benchmark tests, how I did them with examples and how you can do the same things if you want to. I am going to be making a USB dongle out of this as the project progresses and I’ll be adding that information soon.

Conclusion for day 1: not too bad! I was able to get the Pi Zero W to fully run off of one cable. For the person that wants to work in a Linux environment and have Windows at same time this is a dream come true. For the cost of the Pi and a good SD card (that you can reuse on other projects if need be) the investment is very cheap for awesome rewards. More to come!

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