keskiviikko 21. joulukuuta 2016

How to run Pixel Desktop - familiar from Raspberry Pi - on your PC or Mac

It's easy! Download  and write the image (.iso) on a 2 GB USB stick. Boot your PC or Mac from USB and there you have it! Live mode only at the moment, I'm afraid. Please follow the detailed steps below:
  • Download .iso either via torrent network or directly:
  • Write .iso on a USB stick (at least 2 GB). Use your favourite application or command dd on Linux to do that.
    • Do not just drag and drop the .iso file inside your USB stick
  • In case you have a PC find out how to boot from USB stick. In my case it's button F12 but that varies; F1, Del etc... Mac? No idea, sorry.
  • Press Esc after boot. You have 5 seconds to do that!
    • Choose "Run with persistence". That way you can save your work on USB stick. Next time you boot Pixel Desktop from USB all your files are there!
Let's hope Pixel Desktop installs on PC hard drive one day. Meanwhile we have to cope with Persistent Live Mode.

My mini laptop is from year 2008 and has 1 GB of RAM memory. Raspberry Pi foundation promises Pixel Desktop runs on a PC with 512 MB of RAM. How does that sound? It definitely got to be tested!

So what's the point of running Pixel Desktop on x86? You can enjoy almost all of your favourite apps familiar from Raspbian! From now on you don't need to leave Pixel Desktop but go on using it on any platform!

PS Tested to work: Write something with LibreOffice Writer. Save on Pixel Desktop. Reboot your PC. The file is still there!

PPS No wifi but normal network via RJ45 works! Edit: wifi works!

Pixel Desktop on Acer Aspire One ZG5

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