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antiloquax


Joined: 27 Jan 2012
Posts: 405

PostPosted: Sat 23 Feb 2013, 06:05    Post subject:  Puppy Inspired Raspberry Pi image  

Latest release of my arch-remix available to download.

Download .zip archive

md5sum: c0c3df7b7300fd9fba814790bb7a0bd9 arch_remix_3.img

This is the latest release of my remix of Arch Linux for the Raspberry Pi.

I have not set up a separate user, so you log on as root, with the password “root”.

The following command will launch a graphical session: startx

The desktop is managed by Rox and Openbox. A right-click on the desktop will bring up the openbox menu.

To power off, right click on the desktop and choose the “shut down” option from the Openbox menu.

This image overclocks the Pi to 900mhz by default. You can change this by editing /boot/config.txt.

The system comes with a bare minimum of software with which to start programming. Scratch and IDLE (Python 3.1.5) can be opened from desktop icons.

Also installed are
* Python 2.7.3 plus pygame
* MIT Scheme
* Leafpad
* Mtpaint (a useful image editor),
* Mupdf (a fast pdf reader)
* NetworkManager and nm-applet
* Tigervnc (to allow you to use a graphical interface when running headless).

If you log in via ssh and wish to use vnc, you might like to use a simple script I have written. You can launch the vnc server by typing: vnc.sh

You can then view this from your other computer (assuming you have a vnc viewer installed and both computers are connected to the router) with this command: vncviewer [address_of_pi]:1

I have compiled Python 3.1.5 from source. I prefer to use Python 3 and this version is fully supported by Pygame (which is also installed).

No browser is included, but you can easily install one with pacman, for example: pacman -S midori

I have written a simple script which will mount the first partition of a usb drive (which can be accessed via the openbox menu). If you want to mount other drives and partitionsYou will need to mount them manually. (See the Arch Wiki).

I have deliberately kept this installation small so it should easily fit onto a 2 gb card. As a result, it would be advisable to expand the main partition after copying it to an sd card. Instructions for how to do this can be found on the Raspberry Pi forum.

The sd card image does not include a swap partition but I have put a (commented out) entry for it in fstab, so you can use that if you make a swap on the SD card.

It’s worth noting that using the SD card for a swap partition will dramatically shorten its life. I’d recommend setting up the swap file on a real external hard drive.

Connection to the internet ought to be painless using nm-applet.

If you run into problems, leave a comment on my wordpress blog (teampython) or email me on antiloquax@sky.com.


Enjoy. antiloquax

notes:

When you open a terminal, the “archey” script displays some ascii art and system information. To disable this edit /etc/bash.bashrc

To change the openbox menu, conky and tint2 settings, look in the folder ~/.config.

dropbox_uploader.sh is a very useful script I found on github. If you run it, it will lead you through the process of setting up an app so that you can access your dropbox from the command-line. It’s a very handy tool.
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toppas

Joined: 24 Apr 2013
Posts: 6

PostPosted: Thu 02 May 2013, 06:58    Post subject:  Installation  

Extracted zip and installed arch_remix_5.img on sd-card with:

dd bs=4M if=~/arch_remix_5.img of=/dev/mmcblk0

Installation went fine but the screen stays black when i try to boot up.
openelec and raspbian are working fine.


what did i do wrong?
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don570


Joined: 10 Mar 2010
Posts: 3307
Location: Ontario

PostPosted: Thu 02 May 2013, 14:12    Post subject:  

Here's a guess...

I think the image was not designed for 4 GB card.
Maybe it was designed for 2GB or even 1GB card.
Here's the command if it was designed for 2GB card.

Code:
dd bs=2M if=[debian .img file] of=[path to your SD card]


Then you can resize to fill out all the space of a 4GB card.
Resizing is explained HERE

http://elinux.org/RPi_Noob_Guide_to_the_Pi_image#Linux_dd




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toppas

Joined: 24 Apr 2013
Posts: 6

PostPosted: Fri 03 May 2013, 05:38    Post subject: Tried it...  

Thank you for your guess. Unfortunately it didn't work.
I also tried a different SD-Card but no luck.
Well, the working light on the RPi blinked (so something was working, maybe booting) but the display stayed black. (yes i checked the wires Very Happy)

Any other guess...maybe somebody had experience with this image?



Edit:....ok, tried to power it on again, no changes made. Works now, i have no idea where the problem was...
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nancy reagan

Joined: 22 Jan 2009
Posts: 510

PostPosted: Fri 05 Jul 2013, 18:05    Post subject: minimal 12MB image for raspberry  

Total noob here but as I am always impressed by reading about the Rasp I thought I might post this msg here.

http://www.cnx-software.com/2013/07/05/12mb-minimal-image-for-raspberry-pi-using-the-yocto-project/
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linux28

Joined: 05 Apr 2009
Posts: 179

PostPosted: Sat 20 Jul 2013, 12:05    Post subject:  

Other ARM machines can not be installed?
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