installing visual studio code on debian buster and the raspberry pi 4 model b rev 1.4

A long winded title to announce that I’ve managed to create a deb file from Visual Studio Code source, and to install it on the Raspberry Pi 4 8GiB running Debian Buster 64-bit compiled for arm64.

The deb file was built on the Jetson Xavier NX board, then copied to a thumb drive, then moved over via the thumb drive over to the Rasbperry Pi and installed from there. So far it’s behaved reasonably well. I’ve learned quite a bit about the build tools that come with the source. I suppose it’s good that I found some of the directions I did on the web, but now that I’ve gone through this whole process a number of times, what I used to start with short circuits what is available in the source tree cloned from GitHub.

I appreciate that I can use the Jetson NX as a build system. I also appreciate that there is a method in the source tree for building the deb file. That to me is super. Now I can keep up with releases, knowing I can target 64-bit ARM binaries for Debian/Ubuntu.

And speaking of Debian, the 64-bit OS running on the Raspberry Pi now identifies itself simply as Debian.

Once I feel comfortable running the full build suite in Visual Studio Code I’ll post a streamlined how-to for ARMv8/aarch64/arm64. Too many labels, frankly.

day 4 with the new girls — misty has her first selfie taken

The cute one on the right is Misty. The old ugly one on the left who hasn’t had a haircut since December and with two days growth is me. You can see Misty’s polydactyl forepaws. I have watch both Misty and Daisy dance and play with one another, and I swear they’re learning to use the extra toes (the ones on the inside of each paw) as thumbs. And I strongly believe Misty used all those toes, front and back, to come scrambling up my back and perch on my shoulder.

Misty then decided to groom me. It’s always interesting to feel their tongue on some part of your skin. In this instance it was the side of my face right at my eyebrow. That was all cute for about five seconds, when she started to nibble at my eyebrow hairs. That’s when I said, rather loudly, “OK, that’s enough,” and Misty leaped down into my lap and then into the floor to play with Daisy.

Life with kittens, again.