RachelPi Emulation on PC

Hi,

I have a bunch of used windows laptops, and I was wondering since there are RaspberryPi emulators and OS for PC computers, if anyone has tried running Rachel-PI on Laptops or PCs?

Thanks!
Duncan

Hi Duncan,

The preferred way to do this is to use our desktop Linux install scripts for Ubuntu or Linux Mint with either of those as the main OS. The hotspot becomes an issue when you run things in a VM, but you can also run the installer in a VM instance as well.

Extract that zip to /var/tmp, then run “sudo bash setup”.

If you try that and run into any issues let me know and I’ll take a look. If you specifically wanted to emulate RACHEL-Pi, it’s probably doable but would take a bit of work.

James

Hi James,

Thank you. I will be honest the reason I was looking at Rachel-Pi is I hadnt found a link to another OS that was still active.

Forgive me, I am compltely new to linux. I go linux mint running on a laptop, and extracted the rachel installer to /var/tmp:

I then oppened the command terminal and rand sudo bash setup, and get no file/directory found:
terminal

I am sure the issue is brutally obvious with my command, or extraction location, if you can see the issue thats great, in the meantime I wil see if I can figure it out.

Thank you,
Duncan

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Hi Duncan,

No problem. I figured you might prefer a desktop OS. I do maintain support for the linux installers which is the same version that’s on the RACHEL-Pi. It’s just rare that people ask for it, so I only update when asked.

You will just need to cd into the installer directory

  • cd /var/tmp/installer
  • sudo bash setup

Then follow the on-screen instructions. There is a possibility this will error as it hasn’t been used/updated in a while. The last Mint OS it was run on was 20 I believe. Hope you get somewhere with it though. Let me know what you find and I’ll look at fixing any issues.

James

Hi James,

Thank you, can’t believe I forgot to cd.

  • cd /var/tmp/installer
  • sudo bash rachel
    Seemed to work for me, to bring up the installer.

The only issue I am coming into now is it says I need a school ID to download Rachel. If I don’t have one setup is there a generic id you use for installs?
rachel-install-school-id
install-faliure

Thanks,
Duncan

Hi Duncan,

You can enter anything you’d like. It just stores this in a file on the machine for possible later use.

James

Hi James,

Thank you so much for your help getting Rachel running. It is now working. The one issue is I can no longer access any other site, aside from the Rachel address I set. I get a server IP missing on everything I access despite being connected to the internet.

In terms of what I have tried:

  • Restarted Computer
  • Disconnect/Reconnect to network
  • Reset Wifi connection settings
  • Reset proxy settings to default

Is this an issue you are familiar with, or simply a byproduct of setting up rachel?

Thanks,
Duncan

Hi Duncan - Are you using the WIFI to connect to the internet?

Hi James,

Yes, and it says I am connected to my home network, however, the site’s server IP address cant be found.

Thanks,
Duncan

Hi Duncan,

If you chose to install the wifi hotspot with RACHEL, it sets the whole thing up to act as a hotspot for users to connect to. Changing anything related to the wifi after that using the Network Manager UI is not suggested. You’ll need to use LAN to connect to the internet while RACHEL is configured with a hotspot enabled.

The alternative is to select the option where RACHEL doesn’t install a hotspot during the installation. That way you can use the wifi normally.

James

Hi James,

This makes sense, thank you.
I have set up a second device with the wifi hotspot disabled, and it can’t seem to open Rachel. It will say the install is completed, reboot and when I go into chrome or firefox, it won’t connect to the offline Rachel server. I set up the address to be the same as the one on the computer that has Rachel working, but I do not think that should be an issue?

If you know there are certain hardware incompatibility issues or anything else to try I would be grateful if you could share them.

Thank you for all your help,

Duncan

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Hi Duncan,

Good to hear you’ve gotten a bit further with it. The desktop installer can be a bit tricky due to the various hardware/operating systems it gets run on. Hopefully that part all installed alright.

When installed locally, the address of the servers that are running is localhost, which is 127.0.0.1. If you open up your browser and go to http://127.0.0.1, you should see RACHEL. The website name to access rachel on that you set, lets say “rachel.com”, has to be prefaced with “http://” or else it won’t be recognized.

So my suggestion is to first try http://127.0.0.1, and then try http://www.rachel.com or whatever address you entered. If this device is connected to your home wifi router via an ethernet cable, you should also be able to access RACHEL from the ip address that your router assigned to it, which would be http://ipaddress.

Hopefully one of those options works for you. I can help you troubleshoot further if that’s not it.

James

Hi James,

http:// was my issue, so thank you! I was at my wit’s end, so I can’t emphasize how much I appreciate all of your help.

Thank you,
Duncan

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Awesome! I’m glad you got it going. It is pretty frustrating that you need the http:// so I’ll have to look into that.

Keep in mind this is still the RACHEL-Pi version of RACHEL so some things are still not available. en-moodle, en-ka-lite, es-kalite, etc, are not supported. Moodle will be soon. en-file_share and en-kolibri-index might also need to be the custom pre-installed versions.