Cyberdeck v1

During lockdown last winter, in between figuring out 12v boat electrics and learning to keep the stove going overnight, I managed to play more with my Raspberry Pi 4. My goal is to build a small hybrid as-open-as-possible computer/tablet, in which I controll the hardware and the OS.

In the process I got completely lost in r/unixporn, r/cyberdeck and watching HexDSL and DistroTube videos. The Ideal Cyberdeck in my head got re-shaped a dozen times, but instead of waiting for when I’m finally happy with it (could be never), I’ve decided to just share some progress.

The first version used a Pimoroni Hyperpixel 4 screen, Audacious with Winamp skin, Ready Player One fanart wallpaper and the Raspberry Pi OS with LXDE.

I’ve also tried XFCE, Twister OS (best OS if you just want to use Raspberry Pi as an awesome tiny computer with everything pre-installed) and i3 window manager (while also reading and watching videos about all of them: BSPWM, DWM, i3, Sway, AwesomeWM).

To compliment my setup, I found an old-school Panasonic RQ-2102 casette player/recorder on Ebay, the one that has been commonly used as a dataset for Apple II), and paired it with a cheap “Phone audio 2 casette” adapter, so I can play some sweet mono music or podcasts via Raspberry’s 3.5mm jack. And finally I’ve soldered a USB adapter plug (5v to 9v) to the battery springs, so I can power the player from a powerbank or USB socket, as my boat mains is 12v.