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by spl23
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Raspbian bloated
Replies: 32
Views: 3636

Re: Raspbian bloated

I agree, that XPDF is rather outdated. But there are better and more modern alternatives like evince, for example. evince uses the new GNOME GUI style, which is inconsistent with everything else on the platform. It was ruled out of contention for that reason. I did evaluate all the PDF viewers I co...
by spl23
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Raspbian bloated
Replies: 32
Views: 3636

Re: Raspbian bloated

I've just read read the changelog and saw that you exchanged xpdf by qpdfviewer as default PDF reader. This is a memory hog! My test case is a PDF document consisting of 47 scanned/photographed pages. XPDF and evince both need about 70 MB to display the document, qpdfviewer needs 350 MB and pushed ...
by spl23
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Raspbian bloated
Replies: 32
Views: 3636

Re: Raspbian bloated

As a (partial) solution to this problem, the new release of Raspbian which is out today includes a new Recommended Software installer. The intention is to make it easy to add or remove many of the packages which are useful to a section of Pi users but which are not part of the core OS. As a result, ...
by spl23
Mon May 28, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite
Replies: 55
Views: 6009

Re: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite

spl23, We've asked for people to provide us with any evidence they have of such advantages - benchmarking results and the like - but nothing has been forthcoming. Sure it has. Everytime this subject comes up I mention that some software is built with the assumption of 64 bit pointers and makes heav...
by spl23
Mon May 28, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite
Replies: 55
Views: 6009

Re: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite

All I want is 64 bit version of Debian for the Pi with whatever additions it needs to support Pi hardware goodies. To get back on topic... As we have said repeatedly on this point, the supposed benefits of a 64-bit OS running on a piece of hardware with only 1GB of RAM are somewhat vague. We have a...
by spl23
Mon May 28, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite
Replies: 55
Views: 6009

Re: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite

I completely fail to see your point about Raspberry Pi Zero - you were claiming that it was damaging our brand by not having a separate brand for our software; what another hardware product has to do with this is beyond me. I was directly addressing your statement that your feelings would be hurt i...
by spl23
Sun May 27, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite
Replies: 55
Views: 6009

Re: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite

I think those of us who work on software development for Raspberry Pi might reasonably feel somewhat offended at your implication that our work somehow devalues or is otherwise unworthy of the Raspberry Pi brand name. That makes very little sense. Is everyone who worked on the Raspberry Pi Zero cry...
by spl23
Sat May 26, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite
Replies: 55
Views: 6009

Re: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite

epoch1970 wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 1:00 pm
Shame, shame. "Sprite" would have been sooo much better :)
If only I'd thought of that... ;)
epoch1970 wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 1:00 pm
I would use common, last or first names.
"Kevin" it is then!
by spl23
Sat May 26, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite
Replies: 55
Views: 6009

Re: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite

Having a separate brand for the software achieves nothing positive - any more than having a separate name for our educational foundation would achieve. I would strongly disagree. I think those of us who work on software development for Raspberry Pi might reasonably feel somewhat offended at your im...
by spl23
Fri May 25, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite
Replies: 55
Views: 6009

Re: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite

I still say that using "Raspberry Pi" in a brand name strongly implies something about the hardware rather than the software. If you want to brand the core software or just the GUI layer(s), a brand new name would be needed to add clarity. As Eben has made clear on numerous occasions, Raspberry Pi ...
by spl23
Fri May 25, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite
Replies: 55
Views: 6009

Re: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite

And secondly, since there is clearly a need to be able to distinguish between the two distinct hardware variants of the "Desktop environment", what unique naming system is proposed? I realise that as the ux designer Simon is very close to this, but maybe it is also useful to recognise that many run...
by spl23
Fri May 25, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite
Replies: 55
Views: 6009

Re: Release: Multiple 64Bit OS 3bplus desktop&lite

If I had my way, we'd call it a certain 5-letter word which was introduced to deal with this very issue, but a certain large technology company have decided that that word, in spite of being a standard computing term for 40 years or so, now belongs to them... :evil: We've failed (not for want of try...
by spl23
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: HW issue on wifi Phi 3
Replies: 10
Views: 1141

Re: Wifi/BT/FM/GNSS combo chips

That can be improved: :o By default, the selected setting is AUTO. Bebop Drone scans the surrounding WiFi networks and select the country it detects in the beacon frames, according to the international standard 802.11d. That presupposes that the wifi software stack you are using supports the auto m...
by spl23
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: HW issue on wifi Phi 3
Replies: 10
Views: 1141

Re: HW issue on wifi Phi 3

This is despite the fact that I can set "COUNTRY=GB" then take my RPi, phone, tablet or laptop (or all four) anywhere in the world without changing it. It's a very much insane idea that doesn't hold water. No, because that is then your responsibility, not RPF/RPT. It may be my responibility but I d...
by spl23
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Stretch slow - much slower than Jessie
Replies: 7
Views: 4195

Re: Stretch slow - much slower than Jessie

Stretch is noticeably slower than Jessie or wheezy. For you, perhaps. There is no debating that fact. Well, it depends what you mean by "no debating" and "fact", given this is not something that thousands of other users have noticed. The only question is why and how could this have passed QC? No, t...
by spl23
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: what alsa config changes in 2017-11 PIXEL (raspbian stretch full)
Replies: 2
Views: 624

Re: what alsa config changes in 2017-11 PIXEL (raspbian stretch full)

FWIW, I've just tried a HifiBerry DAC+ with the latest image, and it works fine - I believe that is also an I2S device, so it looks as if there is nothing inherently broken in I2S audio support in the current image.
by spl23
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: what alsa config changes in 2017-11 PIXEL (raspbian stretch full)
Replies: 2
Views: 624

Re: what alsa config changes in 2017-11 PIXEL (raspbian stretch full)

A default .asoundrc is created when the volume control plugin launches if the currently selected audio output device does not have any available simple controls (and therefore cannot be controlled by the plugin). This isn't new behaviour - it has been the way the plugin works for the last couple of ...
by spl23
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: GUI changes not being saved
Replies: 17
Views: 3159

Re: GUI changes not being saved

If you are running on a Pi-top, installing the pi-top utils (pt-hub etc) installs a service that runs at startup that resets a bunch of desktop settings to Pi-top's chosen defaults. I have asked them to stop doing this, as it's not good UI practice... Can I therefore make a plea to the Foundation t...
by spl23
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: GUI changes not being saved
Replies: 17
Views: 3159

Re: GUI changes not being saved

All the GUI config files are inside the hidden directory ~/.config. Specific subdirectories of that for GUI stuff are /lxpanel, /openbox and /lxsession - make sure the files in those directories are all writable. You will get settings reverting to defaults on reboot if something deletes the config f...
by spl23
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Latest release Feb2018 corrupts LXDE
Replies: 25
Views: 2426

Re: Latest release Feb2018 corrupts LXDE

We have released a bunch of updated packages this week, but they have been extensively tested on top of the November 2017 release, and we have seen no problems with them. I've also just tested doing an apt-get update & dist-upgrade from the servers on top of the November 2017 release, and can't see ...
by spl23
Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!
Replies: 129
Views: 35534

Re: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!

Hmm - it definitely fixes the animations for me. Now it does for me as well! I rebooted and haven't had the issue yet. EDIT: Animations are working for me on every site I have tried. This issue appears to be fixed! OK, thanks for confirming - we'll get an official update to the Chromium package out...
by spl23
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!
Replies: 129
Views: 35534

Re: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!

The zip contains two files, libffmpeg_chrome.so.60 and neon/vfp/libffmpeg_chrome.so.60. These should both be copied to /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf, so they should overwrite /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libffmpeg_chrome.so.60 and /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/neon/vfp/libffmpeg_chrome.so.60, respect...
by spl23
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!
Replies: 129
Views: 35534

Re: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!

The zip contains two files, libffmpeg_chrome.so.60 and neon/vfp/libffmpeg_chrome.so.60. These should both be copied to /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf, so they should overwrite /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libffmpeg_chrome.so.60 and /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/neon/vfp/libffmpeg_chrome.so.60, respecti...
by spl23
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!
Replies: 129
Views: 35534

Re: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!

We've found a potential cause of the Chromium crashes; there seems to be something wrong in the ffmpeg library which is shipping in this Chromium package, so it looks as if something may have gone wrong when building it. If anyone would like to try a fix, there are some replacement ffmpeg library fi...
by spl23
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!
Replies: 129
Views: 35534

Re: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!

PythonTech wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:01 pm
Edit- Just another small thing I found, clicking Set Keyboard in Raspberry Pi Configuration does nothing. I can't change away from the GB keybaord which is default. Instead of quotes I get @ and getting £ not $!
That's already fixed - do a sudo apt-get update / sudo apt-get upgrade for the fix.

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