Last update: 2018-02-04

A collection of useful info about Raspberry Pi - all in one page.

Pi power


Check Raspbian, GUI, Release version

  • sb_release -a
    returns this:
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID: Raspbian
    Description:    Raspbian GNU/Linux 8.0 (jessie)
    Release:        8.0
    Codename:       jessie
  • cat /etc/rpi-issue
    returns this:
    Raspberry Pi reference 2016-05-27
    Generated using pi-gen,, 5add7283d4db4eaad785de41a6750e909e5a04cf, stage4
  • uname -a
    Linux raspberrypi 4.9.35-v7+ #1014 SMP Fri Jun 30 14:47:43 BST 2017 armv7l GNU/Linux

Pi + Rasbian: disable & uninstall stuff

List of what can be disabled, for example to achieve better performance/stability/mem-footprint etc.:
  • Wifi & Bluetooth
    • To check if Wifi is available:
    • Bluetooth:
      systemctl status bluetooth
    • Turn off Wifi & Bluetooth
      In /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf add:
      blacklist brcmfmac
      blacklist brcmutil
      blacklist btbcm
      blacklist hci_uart
  • Swap
    sudo systemctl status dphys-swapfile
    sudo systemctl disable dphys-swapfile
  • Turn off Audio ?
  • /boot/cmdline.txt
    • smsc95xx.turbo_mode=N
    • isolcpu
  • Links:


Kiosk mode

  • matchbox-window-manager - window manager with just one window
  • kweb, minimal kiosk browser, manual, forum description
  • Disable screen-saver, energy star, etc... Simply, keep it always-on:
    xset s off
    xset -dpms
    xset s noblank

June 2017 - Raspberry Pi Desktop

Raspberry Pi Desktop introduced, PIXEL is no longer there.

2016 - 2017 PIXEL

Pixel (Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight) is the desktop manager:

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