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Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Live CD??

From: Jake Stewart
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Live CD??
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2012 01:40:47 -0500

Hi Gareth,

I started trying to run Ubuntu in virtual box, but got really poor performance. 
 Turns out KDE and the other standard window interfaces were wasting a 
ridiculous amount of memory.  Apparently it takes a lot of memory to make your 
screen look that ugly!

Lubuntu is the answer.  It has a much nicer interface and uses a fraction of 
the memory.  I tried it because of it's similarity to windows and small memory 
footprint, which is important in a virtual machine.  It seemed to behave the 
most like windows and use the least memory and cpu in a comparison article I 
read.  I haven't been dissapointed with my choice.  It looks nice and runs a 
LOT faster than the others I tried.

I had a bit of trouble loading it on virtual box.  It wanted to hang.  The 
problem resolved when I used the OEM install option.  It didn't hang and only 
requires one extra (virtual) reboot over the normal option.

I was planning to write an install guide for the wiki since the instructions 
are a bit lacking and using Lubuntu is a quick and easy fix for the performance 
hit from running in a virtual machine. 

Here are my install notes...

Install VirtualBox

VirtualBox Guest Additions Install... [Devices->Install Guest Additions]
Browse to Guest Additions virtual CD in your file manager
Open command window [Tools->Open Current Folder in Terminal Window]
> sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic
> sudo sh ./

Update your Lubuntu installation...
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Add paparazzi the paparazzi-uav ppa for Ubuntu...
> sudo add-apt-repository ppa:paparazzi-uav/ppa
> sudo apt-get update
> sudo apt-get install paparazzi-dev paparazzi-arm-multilib
> sudo apt-get remove brltty

Download PPZ code (will create paparazzi directory under current directory)...
> git clone git://
> cd paparazzi
> make

Start GCS...
> ./paparazzi

Other stuff to install...
sudo apt-get install gedit
sudo apt-get install gitk

Add to fix error...   gnome-themes-standard

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Gareth Roberts
> Sent: 03/05/12 03:18 AM
> To: address@hidden
> Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Live CD??
> Hi Felix & all,
> Iman, this is a bit off-topic so go with the previous advice.
> Thinking about it, should the 'official' newbie recommendation still be 
> Ubuntu?
> I'm internally recommending Linux Mint to our students now as the 
> interface is less of a step-change from Windows, and we had problems with 
> Unity.
> Other options could include:
> - Lubuntu
> - Kubuntu
> - LM KDE
> - Crunchbang (perhaps not that newbie friendly...)
> - TinyCore (I use it for a tiny VM 'appliance' for our fab house to 
> bootload & test boards)
> Hopefully this won't degrade into Vim vs Emacs, it's about the most 
> suitable distro for beginners which is simple to install, use and is PPZ 
> compatible.
> Cheers,
> Gareth
> On Mon, 05 Mar 2012 10:44:35 -0000, Felix Ruess <address@hidden> 
> wrote:
> > You could also install Ubuntu on a usbstick and add paparazzi there... 
> > but
> > not the best performance wise...
> >
> > On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM, Gareth Roberts <
> > address@hidden> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Iman,
> >>
> >> Paparazzi moves very quickly, so you'd be easier installing first Ubuntu
> >> Linux, then paparazzi.
> >>**Getting_Started<>
> >>
> >> Ubuntu should work fine in a virtualization package such as Virtualbox.
> >>
> >> Cheers,
> >> Gareth
> >>
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