Rasp­berry Pi for (age­ing) desk­tops

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The Rasp­berry Pi made its foray onto PCs in late 2016. The in­ten­tion was to en­able users to ex­pe­ri­ence their re­cently in­tro­duced desk­top en­vi­ron­ment on reg­u­lar x86 com­put­ers. The Rasp­berry Pi Desk­top has mod­est re­quire­ments, which makes the distri­bu­tion a vi­able op­tion for res­ur­rect­ing un­der­pow­ered com­put­ers.

A pos­i­tive side ef­fect of us­ing the De­bian base is that while on the Pi the soft­ware repos­i­tory is lim­ited to pack­ages com­piled for ARM chips, on the desk­top you have ac­cess to a much wider col­lec­tion of pro­grams.

The desk­top flavour of the distri­bu­tion con­tains all the soft­ware you’ll find on the Rasp­berry Pi ver­sion. Ad­di­tion­ally, there’s the Chromium web browser, Claws mail client and the Li­breOf­fice suite. You can also use the PiPack­ages pack­age man­ager to eas­ily flesh out your in­stal­la­tion.

above The Rasp­berry Pi Desk­top can be used from a USB disk with per­sis­tence mode

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