Hold onto your PocketC.H.I.P.s! Industrious Pocketeers from the forums have discovered how to customize the PocketC.H.I.P. home screen, modify the icons, and install a web browser.
Follow along, and make your PocketC.H.I.P yours! Be sure to share your mods in the forums!
As midheaventech has discovered, all of the PocketC.H.I.P. user interface assets — icons, background graphics, and config files — are stored in the directory /usr/share/pocket-home. You can swap out any of these files for a more custom experience. Here’s the entire conversation, which is still developing.
Inspired by the thread, this how to swap the default home screen background and use your own.
- Scale your image to a resolution of 480×272.
- Copy the file to PocketC.H.I.P.’s /usr/share/pocket-home/mainBackground.png using SSH’s SCP tool.
- Restart PocketC.H.I.P. for the new background to load. Or follow Itxaka’s advice and simply restart the window manager by running the following command in the terminal.
sudo systemctl restart lightdm
After you change the background, make sure to share a screenshot. The easiest way to take these on PocketC.H.I.P. is to use the built-in screenshot application. In the terminal type
xfce4-screenshooter and follow the on-screen instructions.
Marshmallow has begun to add features to the home screen using C code. This is a much more complicated approach to customization and requires that you not only write C code, but also recompile the PocketCHIP-pocket-home repository.
If you’re interested in digging into this more advanced hack –and we encourage you to do so– be sure to follow this forum thread.
Stevemcgrath has written a set of installation scripts to automate the installation of the web browser dwb. Enter in the following commands in the terminal and follow the script’s prompts.
During the installation you will be prompted for your password. Unless you’ve changed it, your password is chip.
Once the script finishing running, type the command,
sudo reboot, and wait a moment while the system restarts.
Dwb uses keyboard shortcuts that make it a bit challenging for beginners. Be sure to have the manual handy the first time you run the browser.
This script does more than just install a browser, it also stops SSH as a service. To turn it back on, simply type
sudo systemctl start ssh in the terminal. For a full list of things the script automatically changes, check out Stevemcgrath’s forum forum post.
These are just some of the hacks that are popping up in the forums. Spot a cool hack, send us a tip about it on Twitter @nextthingco. And make sure to share how you’re making PocketC.H.I.P. fit your style!