Recently, I built this using Django. It’s my Gym’s leaderboard running on a Digital Ocean droplet. I decided to use a Raspberry Pi running perpetually displaying the leaderboard in the gym. Apparently it has become a huge motivator (even for me).
However, getting chromium to launch isn’t all that straightforward so I am jotting down what I know
sudo vim /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart
#@xscreensaver -no-splash # comment this line out to disable screensaver @xset s off @xset -dpms @xset s noblank @chromium-browser --noerrdialogs --force-device-scale-factor=1.25 --kiosk https://leaderboard.thestrength.co/leaderboard/2
One thing that really bothers me is that the file system crashes if the Pi isn’t shut down properly (multiple times). I found a post talking about making the root file system read-only which led me to the documentation. However, if you do mark the partition read-only the Desktop won’t boot.
So to undo that, you gotta re-mount
/etc/fstab as non-read-only.
So the only viable option is to create a new writable filesystem and keep it in the RAM and mark the root as read-only. This post talks about it in detail. I’ll tinker with that later so that I can mount a writeable file system in an external drive or create a new partition during install.