Just tried again with all the settings on font size 25 and still looks exactly the same, even tried changing the colours and background, and nothing makes any difference to what shows on the desktop... very odd, it’s as if it’s not reading the file at all..
Stellarmate OS on Raspberry pi4b
Skywatcher EQ8 pro, on steel pier
Takahashi FSQ85, FS60cb & Meade 8” SCT (de-forked)
Starlight Xpress SXVR H18, SXVR M25c, Lodestar x2 Guide Camera
Pegasus Ultimate Hub V2 for all USB & Power
Pegasus focus motors on all scopes
Just added support for Debian since the Rock64 running Ubuntu really really does not like to play nicely with VNC or XRDP, it always shows a black screen. Several of us worked for quite some time trying to get it to work nicely last year. I tried again with my setup script as I mentioned earlier in this thread. But alas, even with a different version of ubuntu, it has a black screen when viewed remotely. I decided to apply what I have learned with making the Raspbian script to making a Debian script. It takes longer to build everything, but I think I have it working pretty well.
I have been developing the web manager app this summer. If you have an ubuntu system, it is in the INDI PPA. If you don't, then you will need to build it from source: github.com/rlancaste/INDIWebManagerApp
So if I understand correctly, you have the pi’s internal WiFi directly connected via ap mode to your laptop and you are comparing its speed to a dongle connected to your home router? Well my guess would be that there is more than one reason. A couple that I can think of include: Sending images to the router and then from there to your computer takes more steps than directly sending it from the pi to the laptop. Another could be that the dongle might not be connected the same way (5 GHz vs 2.4 GHz) or might not have the Same speed as the internal WiFi. Maybe there is something about your router that is slowing it down like other network traffic. Etc etc
To really see the cause, i would do a more controlled test. In network manager you can change all the settings. First I would connect only the usb dongle to the home WiFi, then try an image. Then I would connect only the internal WiFi to the home WiFi and try an image. Then I would do another round of tests where each is connected via AP mode to just your laptop. When you do these tests, you should make sure all the settings are the same except which device you are using . And make sure the other one is turned off because it could interfere.
I agree that it takes a good amount of time for some distributions. That is the value of the PPA on ubuntu. Most unix distros have package managers with prebuilt software that can just be installed. But the versions of INDI and KStars in many of the official repositories are way out of date. Some, like Fedora, Arch, and Manjaro are more up to date, but for Debian or Raspbian, it must be built from source. The progress is just too rapid for their slower package release schedule. Jasem has also been working on some snap packages so the latest version can be installed much easier, but ran into some issues. So for now, yes, it must be built if you want to use Raspbian.
You don't need to do a git clone every time. You can do a git pull from within the folder and that does the same thing. But if you click my software update icon, it automatically updates the scripts. Unfortunately right now, I haven't yet edited the software update icon to rebuild the astronomy software. So if you want to update kstars or indi, just run the setupAstroRaspbianPi script again. I am planning to make a graphical rebuild icon with script, but I haven't done so yet.