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Raspberry Digital Signage for Ubuntu 22 LTS on x64 boards

RASPBERRY DIGITAL SIGNAGE PORT FOR UBUNTU 22 LTS on x64 boards

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Raspberry Digital Signage can also run on Intel/AMD x64 PCs and boards which can load Ubuntu Linux: an Ubuntu Server 22.04 x64 port is available for all donors.

A standard .deb package is provided for an easy installation.

A Magic Mirror for Raspberry Pi (MagicMirror²)

A Magic Mirror for Raspberry Pi

MagicMirror² is an open source modular smart mirror platform. With a growing list of installable modules, the MagicMirror² allows you to convert your hallway or bathroom mirror into your personal assistant. MagicMirror² is the winner in the official Raspberry Pi magazine’s 50th issue celebration feature voted by the Raspberry Pi community.

This plugin installs in a few steps the MagicMirror² project on top of Raspberry Digital Signage. Code is built by the creator of the original MagicMirror with the incredible help of a growing community of contributors.
 

Quite cool actually.

See the plugin page for more.

Raspberry Digital Signage 18 released

Raspberry Digital Signage 18.0 released

Raspberry Digital Signage is an operating system designed for digital signage installations on the Raspberry Pi: it displays a full-screen browser view restricted to a specified resource. It shows web resources from Internet, local network or local folders (so you can use the Pi itself as the source webserver).

Raspberry Digital Signage comes with the latest Chromium builds (featuring HTML5 capabilities), so you can display more attractive resources, more easily.

Changelog for v.18.0 follows:

  • Chromium settings persistence logic more intuitive;
  • underlying base system has been updated to the latest Raspberry Pi OS Lite, v.11, Bullseye. Chromium 98 and rpi-chromium-mods 20220111 packages are amongst the others.

 

Download here.

Raspberry Slideshow 15.0 has been released

Raspberry Slideshow is an operating system for the Raspberry Pi microcomputer lineup used for digital signage when you need images’ or videos’ slideshows.

It plays all media contained in a USB key, fetched from a network share, from a webserver, from a folder of your Dropbox account and loaded via scp as well.

The operating system can refresh the media list in order to slide images and videos according to any remote change (addition or deletion of a media file). An optional photos’ rotation based on embedded EXIF informations is available.

Version 15.0 changelog (maintenance release)

  • Dropbox feature restored (it was broken since Dropbox changed their API – again);
  • system has been updated to the latest Raspberry Pi OS Lite (formerly known as Raspbian Lite).

 

You can download the operating system and have a look at its manual in the download page.

Raspberry Digital Signage 17.0 released

Raspberry Digital Signage 17.0 released

Raspberry Digital Signage is an operating system designed for digital signage installations on the Raspberry Pi: it displays a full-screen browser view restricted to a specified resource. It shows web resources from Internet, local network or local folders (so you can use the Pi itself as the source webserver).

Raspberry Digital Signage comes with the latest Chromium builds (featuring HTML5 capabilities), so you can display more attractive resources, more easily.

Changelog for v.17.0 follows:

  • Chromium settings persistence logic changed: browser is kept back to default settings or last-persisted settings only when user asks for and not upon every reboot (maybe a more balanced behavior in regard to security vs. user experience);
  • settable DPI feature returns to work (the feature has been removed in the latest builds for some issues of the underlying OS);
  • a new, better, virtual keyboard extension has been installed by default (just remove it if unneeded);
  • lowercase URLs issue fixed;
  • system has been updated to the latest Raspberry Pi OS Lite – this contains important security fixes. Chromium 92 and rpi-chromium-mods 20210212 packages are amongst the others.

In memory of my father Giovanni.

 

Download here.

Raspberry Digital Signage FAQ

RASPBERRY DIGITAL SIGNAGE

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UPDATE THE UDERLYING RASPBERRY PI OS OPERATING SYSTEM

In order to udpate the Raspberry Pi OS (formerly Raspian), login via SSH as root, then:

apt update
apt upgrade

The Raspberry Pi OS moves from older to newer Debian releases without changing repositories: it may happen that a system update brakes the digital signage stack.

 

WIFI support for Raspberry Pi 1 and 2

While modern Pis have got an internal Wi-Fi adapter, Raspberry Pi 1, 2 and Zero have not, so you need to plug a 802.11 adapter in. Supported adapters’ firmware can be added with the following command via SSH as the root user:

apt update;
apt install -y linux-wlan-ng firmware-linux-free dahdi-firmware-nonfree firmware-atheros firmware-bnx2
apt install -y firmware-ipw2x00 zd1211-firmware firmware-ivtv firmware-iwlwifi firmware-libertas
apt install -y firmware-linux-nonfree firmware-myricom firmware-netxen firmware-bnx2x firmware-brcm80211 firmware-intelwimax
apt install -y firmware-qlogic firmware-ralink firmware-realtek libertas-firmware

 
Do not install linux-wlan-ng on the Raspberry Pi 3, its firmwares conflict with the built-in 80211 module.

 

WTF IS THAT LIGHTING BOLT NEAR THE TOP-RIGHT CORNER?

If a lighting bolt is displayed near the top-right corner of the screen, your Raspberry Pi is complaining about the power supply, which probably is not powerful enough.

 

HOW TO EXPAND THE FILESYSTEM SPACE [see for AW SNAP CHROME ERROR]

How can I expand the Raspberry Digital Signage filesystem space in order to fill the whole SD card/USB key space?

This also can prevent the Aw Snap error on Chrome in the cases where system logs become too big.

Just install and use raspi-config:

login as rds-user via SSH, then sudo -i;
apt update
apt install raspi-config
raspi-config

follow the easy instructions.

 

MODIFY THE SPLASH SCREEN

For this, please have a look at Raspbian Plymouth.

 

CHANGE THE SYSTEM HOSTNAME

Default hostname for the operating system is rds.
You can change it by modifying the /etc/hostname and /etc/hosts files.

cd /rds/home/rds-user/
tar -xf chromium-default-settings.tar
rm chromium/Singleton*
tar -cf chromium-default-settings.tar chromium/
rm -R chromium
chown rds-user:rds-user chromium-default-settings.tar

 
Thanks to Stepan Kocourek.

 

CHANGE TIME ZONE

login as rds-user via SSH, then sudo -i;
dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

 

PLAY CONTENT FROM THE INTERNAL SD CARD/USB key: DIY SITE INSTALLATION

Raspberry Digital Signage admin interface allows you to type in the URL of the web resource to be displayed; it can be an Internet one (https://www.binaryemotions.com), a LAN URL (http://192.168.1.100/booking; http://booking.lan), or even a resource located internally, inside the Raspberry Pi’s filesystem.

To simplify the management of the internal site setup, the WordPress plugin adds a WordPress installation to the system (/rds/var/www/wordpress) – see the plugins page for more.

If you however want to add your own site (and/or don’t use the WordPress installation), just copy your website files with scp to /rds/var/www/mySite (create the folder, first), then change the ownership:

chown -R rds-www:rds-www /rds/var/www/mySite

 
and set the URL: http://127.0.0.1/mySite in the admin interface.

Also, you need to allow your www folder to be reached without authentication: add the following to /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/rds.conf:

SetEnvIf Request_URI ^/mySite.* noauth=1

 
and restart apache:

systemctl restart apache2

This way you can natively serve plain HTML and PHP files.

Disable network check
Upon boot, the system checks for the availability of the network, in order to display the proper admin interface if no network is available. However, with an internal site installation, the network check could be undesired: in case, modify /rds/home/rds-user/.rds-xinitrc as:

connectionCheck() {
return 0
}

Note: how to use scp

1. [on the Pi’s shell] Enable the SSH login via root directly: change the password for the root user while SSH’d in as rds-user (sudo passwd root), then modify /etc/ssh/sshd_config with PermitRootLogin yes (sudo mc -e /etc/ssh/sshd_config). Finally restart ssh (sudo systemctl restart ssh).

2. [on your host system] Copy your files: scp /path/to/my/local/files/* root@RASPBERRY_IP:/path/to/destination/

While for *nix users this is trivial, for Windows users this step could be a pain, without the right tools: use mobaxterm or similar.

 

FALLBACK RESOURCE IN THE CASE OF NO-NETWORK

In the case where Raspberry Digital Signage is loading content from the network and the network goes down, in which way can I display a fallback resource in the meanwhile network goes up again?

Usually web pages built for signaging contain a Javascript code which continues checking for network availablity (once loaded). In the case the network goes down, the Javascript code should redirect the internal browser to a locally hosted resource (/rds/var/www). The local resource will do the same job, inverted.

if(navigator.onLine) { // true|false
// …
}

 
Also, have a look at this page.

 

HOW TO INSTALL A SCREENSAVER

Install xscreensaver with apt as root, configure it and launch it from /rds/home/rds-user/.rds-xinitrc, before the main cycle.

Raspberry Digital Signage 16.0 released

Raspberry Digital Signage 16.0 released

Raspberry Digital Signage is an operating system designed for digital signage installations on the Raspberry Pi: it displays a full-screen browser view restricted to a specified resource. It shows web resources from Internet, local network or local folders (so you can use the Pi itself as the source webserver).

Raspberry Digital Signage comes with the latest Chromium builds (featuring HTML5 capabilities), so you can display more attractive resources, more easily.

Changelog for v.16.0 follows:

  • REST JSON API finally added. The REST API is the foundation upon which to build a central interface (or orchestration scripts as well) to command all your displays;
  • compatibility mode added. Kiosk URL is usually loaded within an iframe in order to take advantage of the refresh and scheduling [to be done] features. However, some resources refuse to run within browser iframes (even setting the browser to ignore the X-Frame-Options HTTP response header).
    In this case, with the Compatibility mode resource will be loaded as a ‘normal’ page, but of course the aforementioned features won’t work.

 

Enjoy! 🙂

Raspberry Digital Signage 15.0 released

Raspberry Digital Signage 15.0 released

Raspberry Digital Signage is an operating system designed for digital signage installations on the Raspberry Pi: it displays a full-screen browser view restricted to a specified resource. It shows web resources from Internet, local network or local folders (so you can use the Pi itself as the source webserver).

Raspberry Digital Signage comes with the latest Chromium builds (featuring HTML5 capabilities), so you can display more attractive resources, more easily.

Changelog for v.15.0 follows:

  • frontend rewritten and improved (legacy technologies for speed, modern best practices);
  • the browser now loads the digital signage URL dynamically as the configuration file changes – and not upon start only; this is the base for managing many Pis from a central interface, which is a (future) use case many users ask for;
  • Chromium now makes full use of the GPU – HTML5 videos and modern CSS effects play a lot better (thanks to Ciprian Rusu’s and Diego Vega’s feedbacks);
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 networking fixed (networks’ display);
  • system has been updated to the latest Raspberry Pi OS Lite (formerly known as Raspbian Lite), with Chromium 88.

 

Enjoy! 🙂

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Raspberry Slideshow changelog

RASPBERRY SLIDESHOW

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Version 15.1, maintenance release

  • system has been updated to the latest Raspberry Pi OS Buster Lite (formerly known as Raspbian Lite).

 

Version 15.0, maintenance release

  • Dropbox feature restored (it was broken since Dropbox changed their API – again);
  • system has been updated to the latest Raspberry Pi OS Lite (formerly known as Raspbian Lite).

 

Version 14.0

  • Refresh of the remote media list rewritten, now performed asynchronously by a pool of “watchdog workers”. This drastically reduces the blank between loops when the refresh feature is enabled;
  • Dropbox feature restored (it was broken since Dropbox changed their API);
  • Informational output on some TVs when playing videos should be now removed, thanks to Sean Monaghen;
  • system has been updated to the latest Raspberry Pi OS Lite (formerly known as Raspbian Lite).

 

Version 13.1

  • the underlying operating system has been updated. This solves an issue with the kernel on the Pi4, causing some fbi issues (many thanks to Torsten Walther);
  • splash screen.

 

Version 13.0

  • media.conf now replaces all the .txt files for configuring the system behaviour. It’s a breaking change;
  • upon timeout reached, only remote changed sources’ media are fetched again (previously, all media of all remote sources were downloaded);
  • Web/P images added to whitelisted images’ file formats;
  • better logging and prittier debugging output;
  • refetching hashes improved and better handling of connection issues (Dropbox improved);
  • USB device is unmounted as soon as media have been copied to the internal SD card for a safer USB key removal, idea thanks to Francois Audirac;
  • default MEDIA_FOLDER moved to /var/lib/rs;
  • the underlying operating system has been updated.

 

Version 12.0

  • the underlying operating system has been updated to Raspbian Buster, which assures the compatibility with the new Raspberry Pi 4 and all the older boards;
  • sliding Dropbox-fetched media feature has been added: you can now play images and videos directly from your Dropbox account!;
  • username and password can now be set directly in the network-share.txt file for the Windows share feature (previously a trivial modification of the source files was needed);
  • debug information is now much more verbose, easing issues discovery;
  • improved overall playback fluidity;
  • some bugs have been fixed, the most tedious one was that at every refresh timeout (serverlist-refresh.txt) all the media were downloaded, regardless if an upstream file had been modified or not;
  • Raspberry Slideshow code is now a proper Debian .deb package and not just a collection of source code files hand-copied across the system.

 

Version 11.0

  • the underlying operating system has been updated to the latest Raspbian Stretch build, which assures the new Raspberry Pi 3b+ compatibility (raspberrypi-bootloader);
  • SMB v2 is now used by default for the Windows (Samba) share functionality;
  • serverlist-related media fetching does not fire in case of download error.

 

Version 10.0

  • the underlying operating system has been moved to Raspbian Stretch; the overall performance is sensibly better;
  • a Systemd unit file now replaces the older SysV init-script for launching the slideshow;
  • smoother transitions between images and videos;
  • some minor improvements on code.

 

Version 9.0

  • underlying Raspbian Jessie operating system updated (I tried to switch to Raspbian Stretch, but it’s still full of bugs); kernel and bootloader packages have been updated as well;
  • omxplayer is now taken from Stretch (APT pinning);
  • the way the operating system mounts the inserted USB keys has been changed: usbmount has been removed (because it is now deprecated for the now-stable Debian Stretch) and now Raspberry Slideshow itself is responsible for the mount;
  • improvement: all txt config files (as network-share.txt & co) are now pre-processed in order to “clean” non-unix line terminators in one passage (dos2unix);
  • if Raspberry Slideshow finds out a .txt.txt filename exists, which of course is an error, it renames the file as .txt;
  • debug information is now also stored into a file (/var/log/rs.log);
  • bugfix: EXIF rotate did not work for Samba files;
  • some minor improvements on code.

 

Version 8.0

  • underlying operating system updated; fbi program now taken from Stretch (APT pinning);
  • Raspberry Pi Zero W compatibility;
  • Oops: Terminated output supressed when quitting fbi;
  • some minor improvements on code.

 

Version 7.0

  • media retrieval from local network folder shares (Windows shares/Samba, for example: //192.168.0.100/myShare;
  • cleaner playback;
  • faster boot;
  • some bugs fixed (images playback).

 

Version 6.0

  • removed linux-wlan-ng package, which interferes with the Raspberry 3 built-in 80211 module. Reinstall in case you use a Raspberry Pi 2;
  • no black screen after all images playback while possible (i.e. when no video and no server content refresh is set). Of course images to videos transition and reloading remote resources need a very quick blank;
  • optional photos rotation based on their EXIF informations (enable in /etc/rs.conf).

 

Version 5.0

It’s a complete new operating system which combines and enhances Raspberry Picture Frame Slideshow 4.0 and Raspberry Video 1.0, now both defunct.

  • Raspberry Pi 3 compatibility;
  • image and video playback;
  • images: no more a web-based slider, but a native Linux image slider directly using the framebuffer (speed, stability).