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Raspberry Pi 4 B from scratch...

Posted: Wednesday 06th May 2020 5:36pm
by Cedron
Okay, this has been asked before, but existing answers are likely not current.

I just got a Raspberry Pi B with 4GB memory. The starter kit, to my dismay and ignorance, did not include a micro sd card with an OS. I have a 64GB card.

Being a Raspberry newbie, I thought I'd ask:

1. Which distribution to install and where do I get it?

2. Where to get Gambas (At least 13.3.0)? I don't want to have to compile my own. I am used to synaptic package manager using a PPA.

Thanks in advance,

Ced

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 B from scratch...

Posted: Wednesday 06th May 2020 7:41pm
by stevedee
Cedron wrote:
Wednesday 06th May 2020 5:36pm
... I thought I'd ask:

1. Which distribution to install and where do I get it?

2. Where to get Gambas (At least 13.3.0)? I don't want to have to compile my own. I am used to synaptic package manager using a PPA.
Go to: https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/ and download Raspbian.

I suggest you install 'synaptic' and then use it to download Gambas3...I don't know which version they have in the repository, but it should be pretty recent.

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 B from scratch...

Posted: Wednesday 06th May 2020 7:48pm
by jornmo
If you go for Arch (or an Arch based distro), compiling is not that hard.

I believe just need to edit the platform from arch=('x86_64') to arch=('armxxx')
- https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/PKGBUILD#arch

in the PKGBUILD-file
https://git.archlinux.org/svntogit/comm ... es/gambas3

I did it some years ago with and I believe it was a success.

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 B from scratch...

Posted: Wednesday 06th May 2020 7:59pm
by stevedee
Cedron wrote:
Wednesday 06th May 2020 5:36pm

2. Where to get Gambas (At least 13.3.0)? I don't want to have to compile my own....
From this package list, it looks like the current Raspbian (based upon Debian Buster) has Gambas3 v3.12.2
https://www.raspberryconnect.com/raspbi ... an-devel#g

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 B from scratch...

Posted: Wednesday 06th May 2020 8:24pm
by stevedee
jornmo wrote:
Wednesday 06th May 2020 7:48pm
If you go for Arch...
https://linuxize.com/post/how-to-instal ... pberry-pi/

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 B from scratch...

Posted: Thursday 07th May 2020 4:07pm
by jornmo
A bit easier with this one:

https://archlinuxarm.org/

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 B from scratch...

Posted: Friday 08th May 2020 2:18pm
by cogier
Why do you need Gambas 13.x. Just download Noobs, copy it to your SD Card and install Raspbian. You can then install Gambas 12.2.

Is there something special in 13 that wont work in 12?

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 B from scratch...

Posted: Friday 08th May 2020 8:22pm
by Cedron
Thanks for the answers.

I've installed Raspbian for now and will stick with it if it remains adequate. I figured out how to get Synaptic installed, but ended up doing a apt-get on Gambas3 and got version 3.12.2. Someday, somebody is going to have to explain to me whose responsibility it is to keep the various repositories up to date. For what I need right now, 12 is adequate.

So far, I'm impressed with the Pi4. I've got other stuff I need to get working, Gambas stuff needs to wait.

The ArchLinux I'm not that keen on based on earlier exploration. There is aslo Ubuntu-Mate apparently as a contender I might try.