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7.7from 10 review(s)
The RaspiOS on the Pi4 just gets better.
However, the likelihood of using it as my daily driver just went to zero, but this is NOT the fault of RaspiOS ...
Google has now removed the ability for Citrix Workspace to run on a Chrome browser - if the OS is not ChromeOS:
"Citrix Workspace app for ChromeOS is supported only on ChromeOS. The app is no longer supported on non-ChromeOS platform."
And even though Citrix has released an arn64 Linux version, there is no full support for Teams:
"The following features aren’t supported on Citrix Workspace app for Linux when using ARM64 architecture-based devices:
Optimized Microsoft Teams
Optimized Skype for Business (RTOP/RTME)
Browser Content Redirection (BCR)
So, no more full-functionality Citrix Workspace on the Pi4 + RaspiOS + Chromium. How annoying.
The arm64 version has progressed well. I.e. "Raspberry Pi OS Lite (64-bit)."
The Xfce desktop environment works well.
Chromium seems to run a little faster than in the beta arm64 versions. (I assume the dev team have been working on further optimisation?)
HDMI sound in Chromium now works without having to make a post-installation tweak.
I no longer need the armhf architecture to run Citrix Workspace - I discovered you can run it in Chromium by installing a Google Chrome (yes, Chrome) "Citrix Workspace" extension (NOT the "Citrix Workspace Web" extension).
I would prefer no systemd. (I'm now trailing Alpine Linux on my RPi 4B for that reason.)
This is for RaspberryPi-OS for PC. Debian Bullseye. 32-bit
I installed this on an older Dell inspiron E1505. Tiny dual core, 4 GB's Ram, 32GB SSD. A very low powered laptop, that should have been recycled long ago. I just hated to do that. I tried several other distros before settling on this. This distro worked well on first install. All drivers were installed, even Bluetooth. It is very light on resources. It has allowed this old tired PC, with some older parts to be useful again. Like the tiny 32GB SSD. Typically too small for PC use. Total install with the software I wanted and I still have almost 20GB to spare.
I know it is not much, but it does emails, casual browsing, youtube videos, and movies really well. I have a CD burner and I make music CD's with it. This is not of course my daily, but if I had to, it could be used in a tight. It just works.
This could be put on any old PC, and given to children to learn on, and play with. If they break the OS, just reinstall and go again. Its easy to install, no special knowledge needed. Easy to set up, and get the software you want installed.
I guess this would run really fast on a not so old or new PC, and could replace any other OS as a general daily driver. It has a pleasing looking desktop, easy to navigate to files
I can not really think of many cons that really amount to much. Depends on what you do with a PC I guess. There will be certain things this will not do well. I do hope for a 64 bit PC version to be able to make use of more ram. But so far I have not needed more then the 4GB's installed.
I will say Linux has come such a long ways. Long gone are the days you need a cheat sheet with a bunch of commands and a degree to install it. It is so user friendly now, Sure there is a learning curve, but it has been shortened drastically. Especially little distros like Raspberry PI.
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