Going into this I thought there was no way the Raspberry Pi 2 would handle this. To my surprise it was ok…mostly. Loading the sdcard was easy; dd, boot, resize, done. After getting the base setup I ran updates, changed the password, and was ready to take it for a spin. Things worked rather well. I was able to quickly flip through the system and only stumbled into minimal issues. Issue #1 Manajaro Settings Manager took some convincing to get to open. Issue #2 Clicked the user avatar, mugshot not installed, tried to install mugshot, not in the repo. Minor issues though, no showstoppers. Then it happened. I opened Chromium, signed in to a Google account, the opened a Google Sheet. 1st try after a couple minutes it crashed. 2nd try it worked but required a couple minutes of waiting. While I am liking Manjaro on the Pi I think I’ll have to put this sdcard in the Pi3 because the Pi2 struggles when trying to do real things.
Tag: Raspberry Pi
I’ve been using Raspberry Pi since the original came out and I have tried a lot of different setups but none I find as good as this. RetroPi was a quick setup on the SD card, I then configured my XBox 360 controller’s mapping, and loaded ROMs. After playing a few games I realized I had to swap the mapping for the A and B buttons. I’m not sure if this goes for all XBox 360 controllers or if it is because I am using an off brand controller. Either way it was not a big deal. Since getting it setup I have played a number of NES games, some Genesis and SNES games. What I have put the most time into though are PSX games. I have completely played through a handful of games for PSX without an issue. In fact, so far the only issue I have had was with N64 games but I have only tested one game so far. The only downfall I find for RetroPi is that it does not play PS2 games. I get that that is asking a bit much but after using RetroPi, looking at my dusty PS2 sitting next to it makes me want to play those games as well.
This is my main SD card for my Raspberry Pi 2. OpenElec takes Kodi and cuts out all the unnecessary OS crud. This is perfect for a Raspberry Pi and its limited specs. Its also low maintenance and easy to upgrade. I’ve been running this since OpenElec 5 and updates involve dropping a couple files in a folder and rebooting. If you have a Raspberry Pi this is definitely worth a try. If you are not familiar with Kodi I’d suggest getting used to it on a normal PC first so you can quickly bounce around (trust me, don’t try to figure Kodi out on Android).
Before wiping and reloading this SD card with Ubuntu MATE 16.04 I decided to take another quick look at this OS. It doesn’t have the level of programs that Raspbian has but aesthetically it is great. When I got my original Raspberry Pi I understood it lacked the power to worry about looks. Its nice to see that it now has the power to push a decent looking UI. One issue I found with Ubuntu MATE is the short lifespan. While Raspbian versions don’t change often, Ubuntu versions come out every six months. While that is fine for some PCs, I don’t feel like rebuilding a Raspberry Pi that often. Playing with this actually makes me more eager to try Manjaro on the Pi.
I ran Raspbian on my old Raspberry Pi only to end up selling it because it was not worth the hassle. Then for some reason I bought a Raspberry Pi 2. My main use for it is an OpenELEC box (which is great) but I felt I should give Raspbian a revisit. It’s still not great but there is a big improvement. It runs much faster with the Raspberry Pi 2 and a class 10 micro SD but it still is not useful as a desktop machine unless you only work in terminal. Bouncing around the OS is nice and snappy but the moment you open a web browser prepare for pain. I tested Epiphany and IceWeasel. Both are slow and don’t display a number of site properly.