Port to Raspberry Pi 2?

Asked by Donald on 2015-05-10

Has there been any thought into porting SchoolTool onto Raspbian? Seems like it would be possible on the Raspberry Pi 2.

I ask because I was toying with the idea of making my own classroom management software when I stumbled upon SchoolTool. It seems like implementing SchoolTool into my project would save me a lot of time.


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Tom Hoffman (tom-hoffman) said : #1

Hi Don,

I've tried SchoolTool on a variety of ARM platforms over the years and currently have it running on a cubox on my desk. I don't know exactly what the cross-compatibility is between Raspbian and Ubuntu ARM packages -- they're close cousins, certainly -- but certainly on Ubuntu ARM installation is just the standard apt-get install schooltool process to get them ARM packages.

At this point, what's holding me back from really promoting SchoolTool on ARM is, as I understand it, the relatively poor performance of CPython on ARM. Basically, it runs somewhat slowly on the most complex pages (gradebooks with many students/grades, etc.), as in, maybe 5 seconds to load or save on the CuBox (as I recall). It is definitely usable, but it doesn't quite seem like the cost/benefit vs. the cheapest x86 box really makes sense, as the performance is much worse on ARM.

Can you help with this problem?

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