matchbox-desktop raspberry pi

Matchbox-Desktop on the Raspberry Pi

Matchbox-desktop is a lightweight windows manager for embedded systems. It works great on a Raspberry Pi with one of the smaller TFTs attached. E.g. PiScreen, PiTFT , etc…

Matchbox-desktop is “finger friendly” and makes it easy to navigate while just using your fingers on the touchscreen.

Mathcbox-Desktop needs to be installed from source and via apt-get to get it going correctly, in this order;

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo apt-get update
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ git clone
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo apt-get install autoconf autogen intltool libtool libx11-dev libxext-dev libxft-dev libpng-dev libgconf2-dev libgtk2.0-dev libstartup-notification0-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev -y
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ git clone
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ git clone
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ git clone git://
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ cd libmatchboxy
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ ./
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ make
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo make install
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ cd ../matchbox-common
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ ./
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ make
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo make install
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ cd ../matchbox-desktop
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ ./
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ make
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo make install
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo apt-get install matchbox-desktop

To start matchbox-desktop

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ FRAMEBUFFER=/dev/fb1 xinit /usr/local/bin/matchbox-desktop

BerryIMU for the Raspberry Pi

New Kickstarter Launched – BerryIMU

An accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer which is specifically designed for the Raspberry Pi.


What is it?

BerryIMU is an inertial measurement unit, or IMU, that measures and reports on velocity, orientation and gravitational forces, using a combination of an accelerometer, gyroscope and a magnetometer.

IMUs can be found in devices like, quad copters, smart phones, segways, Wii Remote etc.. and are used to sense movement and orientation.

BerryIMU for the raspberry pi

Adding BerryIMU to your Pi will open up a whole new world of possibilities.

BerryIMU is specifically designed for the Raspberry Pi and is designed to take some of the complexity out of IMUs and to try and make them more enjoyable to use. BerryIMU includes the latest and greatest sensor ICs.

Head on over to to check it out;

xstroke PiScreen Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi with stroke and Gesture Recognition

If you are using a touchscreen with your Raspberry Pi, then this guide is for you.

Xstroke (Gesture recognition) is the perfect tool to help you get more out of your touhscreen. I am using a PiScreen

Gesture recognition allows you to draw “strokes” on your touchscreen, which get interpreted as commands or text. Xstroke allows these to be entered anywhere on the screen. In some cases, Xstroke can be used instead of a keyboard.

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Xstroke Raspberry Pi

PiScreen – 3.5″ TFT(480×320) with touch control for the Raspberry Pi – Kickstarter launched

We have launched a Kickstarter campaign for a 3.5″ TFT (480×320) with touch control, we have given it the name of PiScreen.

PiScreen includes a 3.5″ TFT with touchscreen control, PCB and components needed to add this display to a Raspberry Pi.

PiScreen connects right on top of the Raspberry Pi GPIO pins


The TFT used is the best quality we have seen so far.

PiScreenKit PiScreenKit

Some specifics;
Touch Screen Resistive
Display construction 480 * 320 DOTS
LCD Controller ILI9481
Touch Screen ControllerXPT2046
Display Color Multicolor, 65536 colors

Head on over and check it out.

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