lauantai 24. kesäkuuta 2017

An old Dell Latitude X1 is now running the latest Raspbian from hard disk

Now that Raspbian is available as an installable ISO for an x86 PC I decided to give it a go on my rusty old Dell Latitude X1.

With only 1 GB of RAM my Dell is able to run a Linux which consumes as little resources as possible. Raspbian is based on Debian Linux and is equipped with a modified and light window manager - suitable for my needs.

If you want to download the latest (summer 2017) Raspbian for x86 (i.e. Intel-compatibel processor) you can either use direct link or download a torrent file below:

Once the ISO was downloaded I burned it on a USB stick. Next, I booted Dell from USB.  The setup was familiar from Debian. The only annoying thing was my wifi dongle was not recognized. So I was forced to use an external one from König. No problem with that dongle. The driver was automatically loaded and the dongle worked out-of-the-box.

Raspbian x86 on hard disk really made my day! I'm going to migrate to Raspbian on all of my platforms! It's already running on my Raspies and from now on on my PCs as well!

König USB Wifi dongle

It's official! Run Raspbian from hard disk on your PC!

For a while it's been possible to run Raspbian from USB stick on PC. From now on you can install Raspbian on the hard disk of your PC!

If you want to give Raspbian on PC a go please make sure to back up your hard drive before installing. All your information will be earsed during the setup.

Download the ISO image here: 

Or if you prefer torrent, use the following link:

Burn the image on a USB stick and boot your PC from it. Choose Install from Boot Menu (look at the picture below). Run the setup familiar from Debian. When finished you have Raspbian up and running on your PC.

Edit 1: I did let Raspbian populate the hard disk entirely. I guess multi-booting is possible but I haven't tested it yet.

Edit 2: Not all devices work. For example wifi circuit might not be supported by Raspbian ( i.e. Debian).

Choose Install (text-based setup)

An old x86 mini laptop and Raspberry Pi
running Raspbian and Pixel Desktop

sunnuntai 11. kesäkuuta 2017

UBports Installer 0.1.4 beta - an easy way to install Ubuntu Touch on your phone

UBports Installer lets you install Ubuntu Touch on limited variety of smart phones (see picture below). The app is in beta (0.1.4) at the moment.

The Installer is available for Windows, Mac and as an AppImage for Linux! Read more about AppImage here: Download your copy of UBports Installer here: .

Once the app is downloaded and installed connect your device and hope for the best. Keep in mind all your data will be gone when flashing Ubuntu Touch. Make sure you know how to restore your original OS in case something odd happens. UBports is maintaining a list of supported phones and tablets.

UBports Installer on Windows 10