Installing OS
A guide to installing the operating system for Raspberry Pi.
This guide will help you install the recommended operating system for the Raspberry Pi, in the Control Box and the Camera Box.

Prerequisite Steps:

If this is the first time Ubuntu is being installed on this SD card, please skip to the next section titled 'Install Operating System'.

Update operating system:

If you have already installed an older version of Ubuntu on the SD card, you will need to update Ubuntu to version 20.10 (arm64).
If needed, follow the official instructions to update your Ubuntu version.

Installing Operating System

Before you secure the Raspberry Pi to the Control Box and the Camera Box, you need to install and configure the operating system and the PANOPTES software.

Step 1: Installing Ubuntu

Hardware and Cables Needed

You will need the following to install Ubuntu on the Raspberry Pi micro SD cards.
  • Two micro SD cards
    • 16 GB at least
    • one for the Control Box and one for the Camera Box
  • A laptop/computer (with Microsoft Windows or macOS or Linux operating system)
    • with a micro SD card drive or a standard SD card drive and a micro SD to SD adapter
    • with internet connection

Installation Steps

  • Insert the micro SD card into the laptop/computer being used for the installation process
  • Follow step 2 in this link to install Ubuntu Desktop on a Raspberry Pi
  • Ensure that you install Ubuntu version 20.10 (arm64).
Steps involved in installing Ubuntu Desktop on a Raspberry Pi

Step 2: Boot Ubuntu

Hardware and Cables Needed

  • A computer with an internet connection
  • A computer monitor with an HDMI interface
  • Two Raspberry Pi 4
    • One for the Control Box and one for the Camera Box
  • A micro USB-C power cable and a USB power adapter for powering the Raspberry Pi
  • A micro HDMI cable to connect the Raspberry Pi to the monitor
  • A USB keyboard
  • A USB mouse (optional)
  • Internet connection
    • i.e. via an Ethernet Cable if you have an Ethernet router to which you can connect the Pi; this is the somewhat easier option when compared to setting up WiFi on the Pi.

First Boot

  • Preliminary Steps:
    • Connect monitor, keyboard and mouse to the Raspberry Pi.
    • Connect USB-C power cable to Raspberry Pi.
    • Ensure that the monitor, keyboard and mouse are connected before turning on the power to the Raspberry Pi.
  • Turn on power to the Raspberry Pi for the first boot and follow the 'System Configuration' steps to set your language, timezone, etc.


Step 3: Prepare Ubuntu

wip: pi sleep issue..
  • Open a terminal and update all installed packages by running: sudo apt update sudo apt -y full-upgrade && sudo apt -y autoremove
  • Prevent Ubuntu from locking the cameras by making the files non-executable: sudo chmod -x /usr/lib/gvfs/gvfs-gphoto2-volume-monitor sudo chmod -x /usr/lib/gvfs/gvfsd-gphoto2 See the GitHub issue for more information.
  • Restart the computer.


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