Rasp­berry Pi can breathe life into old Macs

The Rasp­berry Pi Pixel desk­top ex­pe­ri­ence is now avail­able as an early ver­sion for x86-based Mac, re­veals Ian Paul

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The Rasp­berry Pi Foun­da­tion has re­vealed a present for all the good lit­tle Linux lovers and Rasp­berry Pi fans in the world, as the or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced they’ve ported an early pro­to­type of the Rasp­berry Pi’s Pixel desk­top ex­pe­ri­ence to Mac. That means you can now run the gor­geous Pixel desk­top ex­pe­ri­ence na­tively on your reg­u­lar lap­top by boot­ing from a USB drive.

Pixel (Pi Im­proved Xwin­dows En­vi­ron­ment, Light­weight) is a Linux desk­top ex­pe­ri­ence based on De­bian Linux. The Rasp­berry Pi Foun­da­tion

first rolled it out to Pi de­vices in Septem­ber. Pixel is de­signed to be a low-re­source desk­top en­vi­ron­ment that’s more full fea­tured than your typ­i­cal Rasp­berry Pi desk­top dis­tri­bu­tion.

For now, Pixel for Mac is just an ex­per­i­ment, and an early one at that. Up­ton warns that some hard­ware con­fig­u­ra­tions may not work prop­erly due to the wide va­ri­ety of hard­ware out there. If this ver­sion of the Pixel desk­top turns into a more of­fi­cial project the Rasp­berry Pi folks will work to fix any is­sues that arise. The great thing about the Pixel desk­top is that it can run on al­most any­thing – es­pe­cially older hard­ware. To run Pixel you’ll need at least 512MB of RAM, a re­quire­ment that any com­puter built in the past decade will eas­ily clear.

You can down­load Pixel di­rectly from the Foun­da­tion’s web­site and burn it to a DVD or USB drive. To use it you’ll need to set your PC’s BIOS to boot from your cho­sen me­dia be­fore look­ing to the in­ter­nal stor­age drive.

Macs need to press down ‘C’ at boot; how­ever, Up­ton warns that some newer Macs may not be able to get Pixel to boot prop­erly; It’s a bug that the Foun­da­tion en­gi­neers are work­ing to fix.

Pixel for Mac can be set to run in a ‘per­sis­tent mode’ mean­ing any work you do on the op­er­at­ing sys­tem will be saved be­tween ses­sions. You’ll need a larger USB drive to al­low for a par­ti­tion to save data and files, but if you do that you’ll have a mini-com­puter you can run sep­a­rate from your ma­chine’s pri­mary op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

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