PiMix 21.10

UpdatePiMix has been discontinued since October 2021 due to very few downloads, and the release of Ubuntu 22.04. The Ubuntu Gnome desktop on 22.04 runs well on Pi 4 without any lag, and it is no longer necessary to use a lightweight desktop like Xfce.

Please try the official Ubuntu desktop if you need an alternative.

PiMix 21.10 is now available based on Ubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri).

PiMix is a remixed version of 64-bit Ubuntu for the Raspberry Pi 4 that is optimized for desktop use.


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Generating Documentation with Sphinx

TLDR: Baqpaq’s documentation is now available online

I came across Sphinx a few months ago and found it very easy to use. Sphinx is a documentation generator – a tool that takes a bunch of text files formatted with Markdown (.md) or ReStructuredText (.rst), and outputs HTML files that are ready for publishing to a website.


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Aptik 21.05

Aptik 21.05 is now available. This is a minor update with new repositories.

What’s New

Optimised Packages

Packages for Aptik are now optimized for each distribution that it runs on. So instead of a single repository and a single set of packages, there are now different repositories for each release of Ubuntu and Debian; and for each hardware architecture that it runs on (amd64, i386, arm64, armhf). Please re-run the installation steps that you received at the time of purchase to switch over to the newer repository.

The repository now uses keyring files as recommended by Debian instead of using apt-key which is deprecated. apt-key is going to be removed in future versions of Debian and Ubuntu (after Debian 11 / Ubuntu 22.04) so it’s as good a time as any to switch over to newer standards. All Debian and Ubuntu-based distributions continue to be supported starting from Debian 9 Stretch and Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial. Aptik will drop support for Debian 9 and Ubuntu 16.04 by end of 2022 after Debian 11 / Ubuntu 22.04 is released.


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Battery Monitor v21.04

This is a battery monitoring app for laptops. I wrote this app in 2015 when I bought a Dell laptop. I was getting battery life that was inconsistent and needed something to monitor the battery. I later switched to a desktop as my primary system and stopped using this app. I had to replace the battery recently after it started bulging and pushing out the touchpad. This seems to be a common problem on laptops that are kept connected to the wall charger for most of the day.

This version adds supports for light and dark system theme, and shows more statistics.


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