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Make the label printer/roland pc workflows work entirely on a Raspberry Pi #990

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MatthewCroughan opened this Issue Nov 26, 2018 · 0 comments

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MatthewCroughan commented Nov 26, 2018

It is silly that we have such a simple setup running on Windows, on a PC that takes 4-5 minutes to fully boot and may aquire more issues over the next year or two such as a dying hard drive. Sometimes people remove the usb wifi card which removes its connectivity.

If we ran machines like this on a Raspberry Pi, we could load the applications we want into ram and have those load instantly and make the setup stable for the next 10+ years providing we make the SD card read only.

https://packages.debian.org/sid/printer-driver-dymo

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https://github.com/sk1project/lincutter

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https://github.com/GNOME/glabels

These three packages are good starting points. Idea comes from #985, where I suggested that most of the machines in the workshop could eventually and gradually be moved towards something that runs on Linux, or something open source. This means that these things could all then be moved to SoCs like the raspberry pi, small devices that need little maintenance over time.

There is no interest in removing the old setup immediately, but I am interested in getting it to work in a way that replicates what we currently have set up and then phasing the old aging system out. Anything that breaks the user experience, or even modifies it in a way that people are uncomfortable with is a no-go.

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