Desktop enviroment for Octopi?

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Desktop enviroment for Octopi?

Post by PNWMaker » April 6th, 2019, 10:15 pm

My Octopi kit came with a 5 inch 800*480 touch screen, which seems pretty pointless to me.

After booting, the Octopi prints this line:

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This image comes without a desktop environment installed because it's not 
required for running OctoPrint. If you want a desktop environment you can 
install it via

    sudo /home/pi/scripts/install-desktop
I'm tempted to do it just to see what it's like, but I'm not sure how much use it would be. I've seen a few comments saying that it also imposes a bit of a load on the Raspberry.

Has anyone installed a desktop for the Octopi? What's your take on it?

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Re: Desktop enviroment for Octopi?

Post by Roberts_Clif » April 6th, 2019, 10:55 pm

Well its like this if you are standing by at the Raspberry Pi with Octoprint you must be standing by the 3D Printer and it own controls.

I think that it would be redundant to have a screen on Octoprint and also have a screen on your 3D Printer.

However if you had an extra Raspberry Pi 3 you could make a Retro Gaming system.
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Re: Desktop enviroment for Octopi?

Post by LePaul » April 9th, 2019, 12:30 pm

Roberts_Clif wrote:
April 6th, 2019, 10:55 pm
Well its like this if you are standing by at the Raspberry Pi with Octoprint you must be standing by the 3D Printer and it own controls.

I think that it would be redundant to have a screen on Octoprint and also have a screen on your 3D Printer.

However if you had an extra Raspberry Pi 3 you could make a Retro Gaming system.
GameWizard my personal favorite
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If you don't have anything to offer to assist, perhaps not reply?
Questioning why he would use TouchUI with Octoprint seems petty?
And really, suggesting game systems ?

Ugh.

@PNWMaker , Chris' Basement just posted a tutorial that might be helpful.


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Re: Desktop enviroment for Octopi?

Post by Roberts_Clif » April 9th, 2019, 4:31 pm

Was not Questioning @PNWMaker thought I was agreeing with him!
PNWMaker wrote:
April 6th, 2019, 10:15 pm
My Octopi kit came with a 5 inch 800*480 touch screen, which seems pretty pointless to me.
Roberts_Clif wrote:
April 6th, 2019, 10:55 pm
I think that it would be redundant to have a screen on Octoprint and also have a screen on your 3D Printer.
I will not mention Game stuff again. Want me to edit it out.

OK.
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Re: Desktop enviroment for Octopi?

Post by LePaul » April 10th, 2019, 9:23 am

Well no, just stay on topic to the question?

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Re: Desktop enviroment for Octopi?

Post by Roberts_Clif » April 10th, 2019, 10:51 am

I have updated Octoprint so many times now it seems 2nd nature configuring it.

I would suggest after you have OctoPrint working to remove the SD card and using USB Image Tool create a backup image.
This will allow you to easily restore the backup with all your configuration changes in case of failure.
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Re: Desktop enviroment for Octopi?

Post by PNWMaker » April 10th, 2019, 11:59 pm

Roberts_Clif wrote:
April 10th, 2019, 10:51 am
I would suggest after you have OctoPrint working to remove the SD card and using USB Image Tool create a backup image.
Sounds like a good idea. I'm on Linux so I just downloaded Etcher, an image burner like the USB Image Tool.

1) Is there any way to remotely save the card image without taking it out of the Raspberry?

2) Does the "Backup & Restore" plugin in Octoprint copy just the config files from the SD card when it's mounted in the Raspberry?

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Re: Desktop enviroment for Octopi?

Post by PNWMaker » April 11th, 2019, 12:00 am

LePaul wrote:
April 9th, 2019, 12:30 pm
@PNWMaker , Chris' Basement just posted a tutorial that might be helpful.
Good video, now I'm really tempted to try it, lol.

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