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Debian Raspberry PI desktop on mini PC

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Has anybody tried the Debian Raspberry PI desktop on a mini PC or similar, I had no idea this had been released….looks like a good alternative to RPI4 with Astroberry or Stellarmate, I am getting an Intel NUC and may try this, but wondered if there was any users already with any tips…. :)

this one

www.raspberrypi.org/software/raspberry-pi-desktop/
 
Stellarmate OS on Raspberry pi4b
Skywatcher EQ8 pro, on steel pier
Takahashi FSQ85, FS60cb & Meade 8” SCT (de-forked)
Starlight Xpress SXVR H18, SXVR M25c, Lodestar x2 Guide Camera
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Still Kubuntu better. :)

Tom
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Why, if all I am running is Kstars, INdI why is it better…??
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Pegasus focus motors on all scopes
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The stars and Indi repositories don't work with Debian.

Any ubuntu flavor will work. "Standard" ubuntu, ubuntu-mate, ubuntu, lubuntu, etc. All are just different visual front-ends to the same behind-the-scenes OS. All will work great for KStars and Indi.
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@scott
thanks for that, I forgot about the repositories not working, am so used to using Stellarmate with Debian, but they have there own repositories….is there no way they will work with this…??
Stellarmate OS on Raspberry pi4b
Skywatcher EQ8 pro, on steel pier
Takahashi FSQ85, FS60cb & Meade 8” SCT (de-forked)
Starlight Xpress SXVR H18, SXVR M25c, Lodestar x2 Guide Camera
Pegasus Ultimate Hub V2 for all USB & Power
Pegasus focus motors on all scopes
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Remember to make it dual boot and I bet you will use Windows more than Linux later. At least I do not need to solve issues in the middle of the clear sky night.  :)

Tom
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Pentax 100 SDUFII for the light
QHY168C mains with ASI120MC on guidescope
SX filter wheel
Robofocus focusers with DIY Moonlite compatible controller
RPI 4B, Stellarmate & Astroberry
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I bought a really nice miniPC with NVMe SSD and 16 GB of RAM so I can do lunar as well as deep sky. Set it up dual boot and spent hours getting Windows software installed.

I've had it two months now and haven't booted Windows since the initial setup.

Maybe some day?
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You can compile from source. It's a labor of love!

But all the ubuntu flavors work great.
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@Scott
so do you run the mini PC headless, with Ubuntu, is it easy to set up to run this way…??
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Pegasus Ultimate Hub V2 for all USB & Power
Pegasus focus motors on all scopes
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Do you have experience with linux? Sounds like you do coming from debian.

What are you starting with? A brand-new miniPC? If it already has Windows you probably want to set up for dual boot as Tom says. This is a bit more complicated. You would first need to:
1) Shrink the Windows partition to make space for your linux install
2) Make a USB stick with the ubuntu installer of your choice
3) Install ubuntu on the free space you created in Step 1

From there on it's pretty easy, yes. I used primarily unix and linux at work for 30 years and use a mac laptop, so Windows is like a foreign language to me. But if you have only ever used Windows then you'll have a learning curve to climb.

PM me if you want help.
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@scott
been using Stellarmate for a few years, so very familiar with that
the mini PC will have empty hard drive, so will just install Ubuntu, and then RealVNC server, will it work headless without a false HDMI dongle fitted, or will I need one..?
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Takahashi FSQ85, FS60cb & Meade 8” SCT (de-forked)
Starlight Xpress SXVR H18, SXVR M25c, Lodestar x2 Guide Camera
Pegasus Ultimate Hub V2 for all USB & Power
Pegasus focus motors on all scopes
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I have read that others have figured out how to do headless without the "dummy HDMI" plug, but it's kind of complicated. It depends on the exact video card and drivers, and there's NO equivalent of /boot/config.txt like on a Pi.

My experience is that it's easy-peasy to just buy the dummy plug and stick it in there:
$6 on Amazon with free next-day delivery
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