So far what has everyone done with their atomic pi?

May 23, 2019 - 11:52 PM

  • I refuse to use Linux (I don't live in 1932 thank you)


    Have you had a look at recent distros?

  • Running My Media for Alexa on mine. Had a lot of music/OTR/podcasts on my PC using MediaMonkey to manage them. Copied the .mp3s to an SSD and connected it to the Atomic Pi. The tags need work on some of them; I'll edit them with MediaMonkey then recopy.

    My Media for Alexa has a beta feature where you can access the command she hears and substitute a different one. This is very nice for album or song requests which come through her speech-recognition system in a wording that doesn't match the actual title.

  • I bought the Atomic Pi as a compute engine for an IBM System/370 replica. I started the project with a Raspberry Pi but I wanted something with a little more Zoot the make for a more impressive project. I built a custom case that represent the section of a 370 that has the operator console panel. I made a replica panel with MANY holes for the various display elements. For software I have installed the standard Ubuntu Disco image and the Hercules IBM S/370 emulator. This proved to be very easy to accomplish. I then installed TK4 which includes IBM MVS 3.8j operating system. Since most IBM systems of this size commonly ran several operating systems, I am also going to install VMS/370 and MUSIC/SP.

    The real challenge will be animating the Operator Console panel as it has a myriad of lights and indicators. For this I am using an Arduino connected to the Atomic Pi via serial console so that the emulator can tell the arduino which indicators to illuminate.

    If you come to the Vintage Computer Fest Pacific Northwest in Seattle in March, you can see it in action.

  • Learning about SSH, different linux distros.
    Also pairing so far 9 units on a tower, powered by a single 300W brick; doing boinc.
    Only 4 units so far are running. Waiting for parts.

  • Alan Tompkins:
    Ok, well I have been having a play, I was looking for a low powered computer solution that I could install on my yacht with a number of future projects for the yacht in mind.
    Anyway I decided to have a play with a windows install to see how it performed, wasnt much point in installing windows on the internal storage as it simply is not enough, so as an initial test i decided to run windows from sd cards as a starting point.
    I have had windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 64 bit runiing on a 32GB sd card and Windows 10 Pro 64 bit running on a 64GB sd card. The onboard 16GB can then just be used for general storage.
    Considering its just on SD cards for testing It runs pretty well have sound working through HDMI with no problems youtube etc working fine with wifi connections etc so my next move is to shift the windows intall to an SSD drive as i wouldnt expect and sd cards to last very long with this type of setup.
    In the very near future I will be designing an enclosure to 3d print which will also combine an arduino as I am using an arduino for a control panel on the yacht with a touch screen for boat electronics. The enclusre will also have some additional expansion to include a couple more USB ports to make setup a little easier with usb keyboard/mouse etc.
    This will be an ongoing project as I have quite a lot in mind for the yacht, I may install navionics on it to use as a chart plotter, will see, I currently have that installed on my tablet which by the way I also use to RDP to the atommic pi giving me windows on my android tablet which comes in handy.
    I will also be taking a look at the onboard GPIO etc to see what use I can make of it, only just got my Atomic PI so its early days yet.
    Anyway, good luck with your projects,

    look into openmarine its opencpn,and a lot of other goodys

  • Right now I'm running Xubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa, and running it on the black screen interface to run a 24/7 Terraria server. I had to bump up the swap file to like 5.3 GB to make sure it has enough RAM (2GB is NOT enough for a Terraria server, it maxes out just initializing, and crashes when someone tries to join unless there's plenty of swap RAM), but it's running flawlessly right now! The x86_64 architecture is a huge plus for game server applications, and the gigabit Ethernet is a must have! Even though the heatsink probably does plenty for cooling, I keep a small undervolted PC fan on top just to make sure it stay cool. And it does! Room temperature, day in and day out!
    For some reason though the GUI on Xubuntu acts up, leaves dead spots, phantom boxes, and residual cursors all over the place. I think the graphics driver isn't quite happy, but I'm running it on the terminal interface anyways, so no need for GUI.

    This post was edited Oct 6, 2020 10:42AM
  • Robert murphy:
    Testing out Lubuntu (installed from iso dd'd to USB) with linuxcnc. So far have built a rt kernel and run some latency tests. First tried Debian Stretch with XFCE, but LXDE uses less resources.
    Wifi worked out of the box with the preinstalled image.

    Can you tell us how it works with linuxcnc?