Brave is a great privacy-focused browser with built-in (optional) crypto functionality. It blocks trackers and ads without an extension and it’s the only browser I know of that blocks Youtube ads. Very useful!
There’s only an X86 version as of now, so it will not work with Raspberry Pi yet. I am running it on my work iphone and my de-googled android.
sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl gnupg curl -s https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/brave-core.asc | sudo apt-key --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/brave-browser-release.gpg add - echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/ stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release.list sudo apt update sudo apt install brave-browser
You can obviously tailor this list to your needs, but with this post you can install at once these programs in a Debian-based distribution (x86 or Raspberry Pi!):
FTP, audio editor/streamer/player/tagger, office suite, radio streamer, remote desktop client, video editor, web browser, social media, disc utility, bit torrent client, email client, virtual machine, photo editor, CAD, CD burner, comic/ebook reader
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade sudo apt install filezilla audacity vlc rhythmbox thunderbird lynx mc krita libreoffice brasero gparted picard freecad transmission remmina obs-studio kid3-qt sound-juicer snapd p7zip-full p7zip-rar sudo snap install freac foliate telegram-desktop
At the end of the page is an explanation of which programs do what.
Note: Every program on this list works on almost any Debian-based Raspberry Pi distribution, including Kali, Ubuntu Mate, Ubuntu Desktop, Raspberry PI OS
Tip for games and tweaks:
There’s a CLI program called pi-kiss that can install multiple games, emulators, system configurations, tweaks, tools, scripts, etc.
curl -sSL https://git.io/JfAPE | bash Launch the program: cd /root/piKiss ./piKiss.sh
The Raspberry Pi Image program that comes with Raspberry Pi OS allows you to install an OS (similar to Etcher but with Pi images incorporated into it) to SD card, SSD, etc. Has lots of stock images, including Retropie, several Ubuntu variants, Raspberry Pi OS and more. You can also flash a custom image and wipe drives.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install rpi-imager
So far, Protonmail has evaded us with eMail client support.
Now the option exists via the Protonmail Bridge, which is available for Mac OSX, Windows 10 and GNU/Linux.
Here’s how I set it up in Ubuntu:
From the protonmail.com/bridge/install page, click on the GNU/Linux to download the .deb file. Double-click on it and launch the software manger. Install.
Unfortunately, right now the only email client that works with this Protonmail Bridge is Thunderbird, which is a Mozilla product. I had previously deleted this app out of protest of Mozilla’s anti-speech behavior but since it’s free and open source, and the only option for now, I will have to live with it. If you do not have this program, in a terminal, type:
sudo apt install thunderbird
Before you setup Thunderbird, you will need to launch and configure the Protonmail Bridge. All of the instructions for configuration are here: https://protonmail.com/bridge/install
Then to setup Thunderbird, go here for instructions:
This is a project that I definitely WILL do early next year:
There are many great improvements to Raspberry Pi OS for the Pi enthusiasts.
- Chromium browser updated to version 84, which allows smoother video playback in sites like Youtube.com.
- PulseAudio sound server instead of ALSA, which allows for simultaneous playback and improves Bluetooth options.
- CUPS, the Common Unix Printing System was added so that wifi printers are now accessible.
- For the visually impaired: The screen reader audio can now be played through Bluetooth devices and improvements to Orca screen reader support.
To update your Raspberry Pi to this new OS update, open a terminal and type:
sudo apt update sudo apt full-upgrade
Then, install the PulseAudio Bluetooth support:
sudo apt purge bluealsa sudo apt install pulseaudio-module-bluetooth
Next step is to reboot your Pi. Enjoy! 🙂
For those having issues updating the audio, the Pi Foundation created this guide:
To swap over the volume and input selector on the taskbar from ALSA to PulseAudio, after your Raspberry Pi has restarted, right-click a blank area on the taskbar and choose Add / Remove Panel Items. Find the plugin labelled Volume Control (ALSA/BT) in the list, select it and click Remove; then click the Add button, find the plugin labelled Volume Control (PulseAudio) and click Add. Alternatively, just open the Appearance Settings application from the Preferences section of the Main Menu, go to the Defaults tab and press one of the Set Defaults buttons.
Some people have reported that some applications are ignoring the effect of the PulseAudio output switcher. This is probably caused by an old ALSA configuration file still being on the system. Once you have updated, execute the following in a terminal window, which should fix this:
To remove the old Audio Preferences application, which will not work with PulseAudio, do:
sudo apt purge pimixer
I can confirm that this method works for Ubuntu 20.04 and looks and works very different from the old method of connecting to Private Internet Access on Ubuntu.
First, when dealing with the spaces in a file name while using the terminal, you can use a back-slash before the space.
File name with spaces.txt
For the terminal:
File name with spaces.txt
Sometimes we run across a downloaded file online that was created by utilizing the winrar multiple-file feature to make a huge file downloadable. A good example would be an ISO image that is more than 1GB in size. The rar program can break up the file into smaller pieces. Example:
bigiso.part01.rar bigiso.part02.rar bigiso.part03.rar bigiso.part04.rar and so on
To unrar multiple files into one, first install the unrar program in linux. In this case, I’m assuming you are using Ubuntu or any Debian-based distribution (like Raspbian):
sudo apt install unrar-free sudo apt install unrar
Then use the unrar command to unrar. Remember to use the before any spaces.
unrar x -e bigiso.part01.rar
This should build the large file back up into its uncompressed state.
I found a nice guide to installing Retropie on Ubuntu 18.04.03 at a website called markontech and it works brilliantly.
sudo apt-get install -y git dialog unzip xmlstarlet
git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup.git
Once the Retro-Pie install script is running, you will want to do a Basic Install and then navigate back to the menu and install the desired optional packages.
One thing I have learned: if you copy the retropie directory to a thumb drive (once it’s setup) each time you have a new setup, if you plug the thumb drive in, the computer will automatically copy the roms and bios files to the new install when emulation station is running. 🙂