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GramPI: RPI XP Look-a-Like

Last update: 12/9/2017

*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. 

Status/log

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

Hardware

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

Usage/requirements

  • 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




Steps 

links
- Security - http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/securing-raspberry-pi-passwords-firewalls/
- security - https://makezine.com/2017/09/07/secure-your-raspberry-pi-against-attackers/
- RPI Desktop - http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/use-your-raspberry-pi-like-a-desktop-pc/
- https://petermoulding.com/raspberry-pi/raspbian-lite-install-and-configure-with-lxde
- https://www.xfce-look.org/content/show.php/Lubuntu+XP+three+flavors?content=162880
- Cleanup - https://project.altservice.com/issues/418
- http://news.softpedia.com/news/Turn-Lubuntu-in-Windows-XP-with-a-Theme-and-No-One-Will-Notice-436255.shtml
- https://mondaybynoon.com/linux-font-equivalents-to-popular-web-typefaces/
- Gmail imap - gmail https://support.google.com/mail/troubleshooter/1668960?hl=en 

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