I’m starting to get pretty excited to get my hands on my LongMill, so I’ve been doing my research and starting to set some things up ahead of time.
Long story short, I don’t own a laptop or anything and I wanted the best solution for a machine to dedicate as a G-code sender. I decided buying a laptop wasn’t worth it, and so I embarked on a project to set up a Raspberry Pi 3+ B with a touchscreen.
I am reminded now of why I hate Linux. Nothing ever works out of the box. I’ve been fooling with this thing for two days, trying UGS, UGS platform, and now I’m working on installing bCNC. Every time its a rabbit hole of unmet dependencies and errors to figure out. When I do finally get the programs running, everything is all squished up on the stupid 7" screen and its super hard to adjust anything. Heck, even making a shortcut to launch to program is a PITA.
I figured this would be a great topic for the community here, though. Has anybody else had much success setting one of these up? If so, how did you set it up? Is there good how-to guides on this out there? I haven’t really found any. If I ever do get the thing working smoothly, maybe I’ll try to make an image of the disk to share.