RetroPie comes without the Raspbian desktop client, but it can be installed (either from menu, or manually with:
sudo apt-get install –no-install-recommends lxde
sudo apt-get install xorg raspberrypi-ui-mods rpi-chromium-mods
startx # to start the desktop client, but do next two steps first to install chromium
wget https://github.com/kusti8/chromium-build/releases/download/netflix-1.0.0/chromium-browser_56.0.2924.84-0ubuntu0.14.04.1.1011.deb # custom compiled Chromium browser which includes Widevine DRM (needed to watch Netflix)
sudo dpkg -i chromium-browser_56.0.2924.84-0ubuntu0.14.04.1.1011.deb # install the downloaded package
Thoughts / experience
Both the desktop client and Netflix opens nicely, but there are some issues when streaming. First; sounds is low (lower than on games in RetroPie), and picture quality is not very good. Also, after watching for about an episode, the picture starts to flicker and lag – I guess it’s because of overheating. Will try to look into this and see if things can be improved.
First install on RaspberryPi
Read and follow this…: https://github.com/retropie/retropie-setup/wiki/First-Installation
You can connect to your RetroPie using SSH, e.g. with Putty. https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/SSH
To set up:
sudo touch ssh
sudo reboot now
Note on adding ROMS
You can find your RetroPie on your network, e.g. from Windows Explorer.
Right-click “This PC”, “Map network Drive”.
Select a letter for your drive (e.g. “R”), click “Browse”, go to “Retropie” and select the “roms”-folder.
Now you have a drive with folders for all your systems, where you can copy the ROMS from your computer to the SD-card.
Adding new system emulators
You have to go to //RetroPie/configs (instead of the roms-folder, so your previously mapped network-drive won’t get you there).
After adding ROMS, set up Scraper to fetch meta data (https://github.com/retropie/retropie-setup/wiki/scraper).
Note that Scraper can now be installed from Additional Packages: