Hello Pocketchip Community,
I hope everyone is enjoying their Pocketchip, and learning the ‘Ins and Outs’ of Linux.
For some of you this may be your first time ever using a Linux OP, or accessing Terminal, for those of you who “are new to this” welcome! Learning how to use Linux, and terminal, can sometimes feel dauntingly overwhelming especially because it is something new, unpredictable, and has no familiarity ,but don’t be discouraged to take a chance, mess something up, explore, dive around through the insides of the system, because in most cases involving code the system can be fixed if something breaks. Anyways, let’s take some ownership of YOUR new space and make Pocketchip more familiar by doing something as simple as adding your own custom desktop background.
(if you messed something up you can fix it, there is a section down below, check out post #18!)
To ‘easily’ complete this task you will need:
USB Flash Drive
And a Pocketchip
Okay, so first things first you need a background image! Any picture can work, just make sure you resize the image on your desktop computer to 480x272 (I used Adobe Photoshop to resize the canvas, but I’m sure
Blender GIMP ((a free program, can also be used)@UnixOutlaw also mentions some other great alternatives in the comments below), save the image as mainBackground.png(exactly the same making sure to capitalize when needed!) to your USB flash drive.
Next, Get your Pocketchip and go to Browse Files. Navigate to /usr/share/pocket-home and find the picture that is named mainBackground.png. Highlight it (don’t select it) and click EDIT>COPY in the tool bar at the top of the screen. Once you have copied your image navigate to your Pictures folder located at /home/chip/Pictures and then EDIT>PASTE(this is just so its somewhere if you ever want it again).
Now, go back to your desktop and eject and remove your USB flash drive. Then insert it into Pocketchip. A window will pop up and It will ask you “would you like to open removable media” you don’t have to. Just exit the window.
The next bit should be done in terminal it is super simple.
cd /media/chip/ YOURFLASHDRIVENAME
This Changes the directory(cd) to the location of the new mainBackground.png picture.
to list all(ls -a) the contents of the directory.
Once you are in the directory containing the image.
sudo cp mainBackground.png /usr/share/pocket-home
This Tells Super User(sudo) to copy(cp) mainBackground.png to /usr/share/pocket-home thus replacing the original image.
All that is left is to reboot your Pocketchip and… PRESTOCHANGO… you have your very own background!
That wasn’t so bad was it? This was just something basic to get you a little familiar with your new Pocketchip system. I’m sure along the way you also saw some other familiar .png images that are also on your desktop, bootscreen, and settings menu, these can all be change with more or less the same process( make sure you resize and rename the new .png to match the originals) and that should be it. With a little ingenuity you can make Pocketchips GUI look however you’d like! I hope you enjoy and I encourage you to have fun and play.
So long, for now!
P.S. Let’s see some of your GUI personalizations !!!
P.S.S. - The real treasure lays beneath the surface hidden from the eyes. In ‘Browse Files’ press Ctrl h for “x-ray vision” this shows the hidden files used to govern and bring order to the system!