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GramPI: RPI XP Look-a-Like

Last update: 09/15/2018

*This project is IN PROCESS.  Page is probably a mess*

Goal:  to replace a bunch of aged Windoze XP machines for elderly friends and family

Rational - Simplify managing computers for my older friends (80+ years old).  Limited use, used to things the way they are, not interested in spending a bunch of money or changing the way they do things.  Will attempt to make a PI look and function like their current machines. 


Dec 9 2017:  Back at it...regrouping
  • Odd Boot Error:  "Sound server fatal error:  cpu overload" - Sound is dead, indeed!
  • Running Versions:  Q4OS 1.8, XPQ4 1.1
  • Updated to XPQ4 v1.11 (Oct 2017) attempting to increase fontsizes, icons, etc for granny
  • Q4OS 2.4 (Scorpion) released in October, no RPI version yet
Nov 4 2017:  Granny Test on Q4OS (Orion/Jessie) + XP4G (1.10 free) - Fail
  • Struggled with appearance - showstopper, she couldn't read 
    • fonts enlarged but icons waaay too small on desktop, panel, etc.  Modify Theme?
    • Need global option to change application fontsizes - LookSwitcher?
    • Need a BigAss Mouse pointer!
  • WiFi:  Periodic "Connect Attempt Failed" popup, even though connection appeared solid
  • Thunderbird hung - no response
  • Wrong solitaire - pretty sure they use AisleRiot 
  • HP Scanner/Printer fail - 
    • ControlPanel/Peripherals/TDEPrint sure looked like CUPS, seemed to come up, configure and run OK, but never got a sheet of paper to print
    • Scan/print currently works on Linux Lite, need to retrace my steps there
  • Performance was so, so - need to retest with youtube, may have had network issue


Stuff I bought or had on hand
Possible solutions to power on/off button 


  • eMail w/ familiar look-n-feel (Thunderbird today) 
    • address book import!!
  • Office
    • LibraOffice
  • Browser to look/work like Firefox
    • Videos
    • Facebook
    • News
  • games
    • Spider Solitaire
    • Solitaire
    • snood
    • Blocks19
  • Video Chat with great grand kids
Stuff to figure out
- No power button on RPI
- Games are important - snood running under wine?
- One 'client' likes to listen to music (audio cd's) - sound card?  usb cd/dvd?
- Windows apps via wine to test
    - PC games: Snood & Blocks
- Garmin maps updater  
- PI hardening and security 
- DPMS/Powersavings
- Printers
    - HP USB printer/scanner for G&G
    - Lexmark for Fr Don
    - Epson Artisan 837 for Sister G


- Security -
- security -
- RPI Desktop -
- Cleanup -
- Gmail imap - gmail 


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