Running Debian with xfce4 on A13-OLinuXino

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Today I received a letter from customer from Greece which made my day. I printed it to picture to may insert in WordPress and you can read it by pressing the picture above.

It seems A13-OLinuXino opened new possibilities for kids to learn here on the Balkans in smaller mountain villages where the schools are on limited budgeds and can’t buy big expensive computers.

I completely agree that our WIKI and documentation is quite lot at the beginning and work in progress, but OLinuXino community is still small (we started A13 OLinuXino in May 2012 ) and we have no the resources of the other similar projects like the hundreds of thousands RPi owners or Texas Instruments resources backup for BB.

So please be patient with us 🙂 I’m assuring you we do our the best but our forces are limited and we run too many things together.

To install Debian with graphical interface and set of tools like libre office etc is very easy on A13-OLinuXino. The SD card we ship is only with console as we do not want to fill it with unnecessary packages.

Here I will write the simple steps to install Xfce4 on A13-OLinuXino:

1. Log in A13 Debian.

The default A13 login and password are:

login: root
password: password

2. Establish WIFI connection

type:

# ifconfig -a

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

tunl0 Link encap:IPIP Tunnel HWaddr
NOARP MTU:1480 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

wlan1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 48:02:2a:eb:21:1c
inet addr:192.168.0.229 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:166 errors:0 dropped:726 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:7 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:31361 (30.6 KiB) TX bytes:1248 (1.2 KiB)

and look at your wlan number. In this case we have wlan1

open the file /etc/network/interfaces- for example using vi tool

# vi /etc/network/interfaces

and add

auto wlan1
iface wlan1 inet dhcp

wpa-ssid YourSSIDname
wpa-psk YourWPAkey

reboot A13-OLinuXino board

3. chek your connection

# ifconfig -a

if everything is ok you should see something as:

wlan1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 48:02:2a:eb:21:1c
inet addr:192.168.0.229 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:166 errors:0 dropped:726 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:7 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:31361 (30.6 KiB) TX bytes:1248 (1.2 KiB)

4. for updateing apt-get’s local database with server’s pkglist’s files type

# apt-get update

5. for installing menu-driven package manager type:

# apt-get install aptitude

6. for installing X window type:

# aptitude install xfce4 xfce4-goodies lightdm

it can take between around 30 min to 2 hours depend on your Internet connection

7. for installing WEB browser type:

# aptitude install iceweasel

8. restart the A13-OLinuxino board or start GUI with

# startx

you should see something like this:

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