I think this will be the first of at least two articles that I will write about Twister. A little over a year ago I read without paying much attention to the Isaac's article, partly because I didn't like anything I had and I didn't trust this system to be better. But time passes Raspberry Pi OS supports DRM (on Chromium), this "tornado" is based on that system, so it works too, and on top of it has a lot of useful software. In addition, more recently they have launched Twister UI, which is a package so that we can use Twister OS on a x86_x64 PC.
Initially, the Twister UI software is designed to install on Xubuntu / Linux Mint or Manjaro. Nothing is mentioned about it, but considering that Twister OS uses Xfce, that Xubuntu also and the main edition of Manjaro as well, it is likely that those systems appear on the official page because of the graphical environment. Thus, I would recommend using Twister UI in Xfce, and better if it is used in a derivative of Ubuntu or Manjaro, since that is what we see on their web page. I've tested it on top of Ubuntu, which uses GNOME, and it basically installs some packages, like Kodi and Audacious, but it doesn't touch the interface at all.
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Twister UI includes all Twister themes, but not all software
The Twister UI installer it will modify the default installation a lot, to the point that Neofetch shows the "Twister OS" logo and not those of Xubuntu or Manjaro. Among what it installs we have Winetricks, Kodi and all the themes, such as iTwister (macOS) or Twister 10-11 (Windows traces), but right now there are important absences. If Twister OS is the best I have tried on the Raspberry Pi, it is because it includes packages such as RetroPie or its own WebApps tool by default, and those are programs that are not in Twister UI and are missing.
To install Twister UI we have to follow these steps:
- We download Xubuntu / Linux Mint or Manjaro and install it. We insist that it must be an Xfce edition. It seems important to mention something: if you want the shortcuts to appear on the desktop, you have to install the system in English; the script fails to create them if we choose another language. After the installation of Twister UI we will be able to put the language we want.
- Let's go to this website and download the script for Manjaro or Xubuntu / Linux Mint.
- We run the installer. To do this, we right click on the file ending in .run and go to the options / permissions, we mark the box so that it is executable and we accept.
- Next, we open a terminal, drag the installer to the terminal and press Enter.
- It will take time. All the messages that we see we have to accept them.
- We wait and, when it finishes, we restart.
RetroPie in the future?
RetroPie has an installation guide for Debian / Ubuntu (here!), but there is nothing like it for Manjaro. That is probably why right now it is not installed by default in Twister UI. What is certain is that UI is updated over time and almost hand in hand with OS (system), so it cannot be ruled out that in the future the WebApps and RetroPie applications will reach x86_x64. The WebApps application is the most interesting, and from it we can play Tomb Raider, chat on Telegram (it appears as Chrome OS) and enjoy Netflix, Disney + or Spotify. Many of these web applications are not necessary on a normal desktop computer, but others are. At least, know the links to enter with the browser.
Twister UI has a lot of cool things, and installing it on top of Xubuntu / Linux Mint or Manjaro will, at the very least, be able to use themes very similar to those of macOS and Windows. If you are more interested in Twister OS, the complete system designed for the Raspberry Pi, soon I will write an article about himI have been testing it for a few days now and it has me in awe, in part because it is based on the official Raspberry Pi OS.