PiBang Linux

This guide will explain how to install PiBang Linux on a Raspberry Pi for more information check out this article.. PiBang Linux is Raspbian with a few differences, such as using a window manager instead of the LXDE desktop environment, amongst a few other things.

I will be installing the Openbox version of PiBang in this guide but the process will be mostly the same for the i3wm version, you can grab it from their downloads page.

Once downloaded extract the ISO file and flash it to the SD card using this command :

$ sudo dd bs=4M if= of=/dev/sdx

Replace with the path to the unzipped file and the ‘x’ part of sdx to represent your SD card, if you want to find out what it is named simply run :

$ lsblk

It could take a while to flash the image to the SD card, be patient ! Once it has finished flashing the image to the disk run this command before taking the SD card out of the slot and placing in your Pi :

$ sudo sync

Your Pi will boot to the Raspi-Setup for PiBang Linux configuration manager where you are given various options for configuring your PiBang install. We will run through a little description of each setting here, the expand_rootfs choice gives you the option to expand the root partition to fill the rest of the SD card, do this if you dont plan on installing another OS onto the card. The overscan setting is for RCA cables only, choose whether to enable or disable it here, our next option is the keyboard layout, choose the setting relevant for your keyboard, it also lets you decide whther to set CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE to terminate the X server.

The next few settings will set the root password and create a user as well as set the hostname for your PiBang install and the locale/timezone too. After this we go onto choosing the memory split, if you don’t plan on using graphics too much the default setting is fine, any increase will probably decrease overall speed for the better graphical quality. Now we can choose wether to overclock the Pi, this is completely at your own risk and can damage the Pi but you may get slightly better performance.

The last 4 options deal with camera add-on support, whether or not you’d like your Pi shown on the Rastrack network as well as ssh settings and boot behaviour, if new to the Pi I advise setting the Pi to login automatically and boot to a graphical desktop. Navigate to “Finish” and hit ENTER, your Pi will reboot and you will be greeted by this screen : firstboot

Follow the on-screen instructions for the “Post Installation Script” hitting the desired keys when prompted, this is highly recommended ! Once The script is finished the installation process is over, you have now successfully installed PiBang on your Raspberry Pi ! Most of the navigation is done with the mouse in Openbox, right-click on your desktop and a menu will appear with all options inside. Go out, explore and have fun !


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