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Raspberry Pi OS

Last Update: 2020-08-25 07:00 UTC


Raspberry Pi OS (formerly Raspbian) is a free operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and optimised for the Raspberry Pi hardware (the armhf processor architecture). Raspberry Pi OS comes with over 35,000 packages, or pre-compiled software bundled in a nice format for easy installation on a Raspberry Pi. The initial build was completed in June of 2012, but the distribution continues to be active developed with an emphasis on improving the stability and performance of as many Debian packages as possible. Although Debian produces a distribution for the arm architecture, it is compatible only with versions later than the one used on the Raspberry Pi (ARMv7-A CPUs and higher vs the Raspberry Pi's ARMv6 CPU).

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RasPiOS Summary
Distribution Raspberry Pi OS (formerly Raspbian)
Home Page https://www.raspberrypi.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites Raspberry Pi France
Reviews 2015: DistroWatch
2012: Wordpress
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2020-02-07: Distribution Release: Raspbian 2020-02-05
 • 2019-06-24: Distribution Release: Raspbian 2019-06-20
 • 2018-11-16: Distribution Release: Raspbian 2018-11-13
 • 2018-06-29: Distribution Release: Raspbian 2018-06-27
 • 2018-03-15: Distribution Release: Raspbian 2018-03-13
 • 2017-12-01: Distribution Release: Raspbian 2017-11-29
 • 2017-08-17: Distribution Release: Raspbian 2017-08-16
 • 2017-06-23: Distribution Release: Raspbian 2017-06-21
 • 2016-12-01: Distribution Release: Raspbian 2016-11-25
 • 2016-05-13: Distribution Release: Raspbian 2016-05-10
 • 2016-02-09: Distribution Release: Raspbian 2016-02-03
 • 2015-12-03: Distribution Release: Raspbian 2015-11-21
 • More RasPiOS releases...

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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 2020-08-20 2019-04-08 2018-11-13 2017-07-05 2015-02-16
Release Date 2020-08-24 2019-04-09 2018-11-15 2017-07-05 2015-02-16
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 400-2600 300-1100 300-1100 1200-1300  
Free Download IMG IMG IMG IMG IMG
Installation -- -- -- -- --
Default Desktop PIXEL PIXEL PIXEL PIXEL LXDE
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice -- -- LibreOffice --
Processor Architecture aarch64, armhf armv6, armv7 armv6, armv7 armv6, armv7 armhf
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd SysV
Journaled File Systems          
Multilingual          
Asian Language Support          
Full Package List 2020-08-20 2019-04-08 2018-11-13 2017-07-05 2015-02-16
Package 2020-08-20 2019-04-08 2018-11-13 2017-07-05 2015-02-16
abiword (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.3.2) 1.1.8 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.0.28 1.0.25
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.2
bind (9.17.5) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (85.0.4183.121) 78.0.3904.108 72.0.3626.121 65.0.3325.181 56.0.2924.84 --
cups (2.3.3) -- -- 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.5.3
dhcp (4.4.2) 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.2
e2fsprogs (1.45.6) 1.44.5 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.5
firefox (81.0) -- -- -- -- --
freetype (2.10.2) 2.9.1 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.6 2.5.2
gcc (10.2.0) 8.3.0 6.3.0 6.3.0 4.9.2 4.6.3
gimp (2.10.20) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.32) 2.28 2.24 2.24 2.19 2.13
gnome-shell (3.38.0) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (4.2) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.48) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.04) -- -- -- -- --
gtk (3.24.23) 3.24.5 3.22.11 3.22.11 3.14.5 2.24.10
httpd (2.4.46) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (1.0.1) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (20.08.1) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (27) 26 23 23 18 9
krita (4.3.0) -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (7.0.1) 6.1.5 -- -- 4.3.3 --
linux (5.8.12) 4.19.50 4.9.82 4.9.82 4.4.34 3.12
Package 2020-08-20 2019-04-08 2018-11-13 2017-07-05 2015-02-16
lxpanel (0.10.0) 0.10.0 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.7.2 0.7.1
mariadb (10.5.5) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.24.1) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (20.1.8) 19.3.2 13.0.6 13.0.6 13.0.0 8.0.5
mysql (8.0.21) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.38.0) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (450.66) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.0
openjdk (15) 11.0.8 -- -- -- --
openssh (8.4p1) 7.9p1 7.4p1 7.4p1 6.7p1 6.0p1
openssl (1.1.1h) 1.1.1d 1.1.0j 1.1.0f 1.0.1t 1.0.1e
perl (5.32.0) 5.28.1 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.2 5.14.2
php (7.4.10) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.19.5) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.5.7) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (13.0) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.8.6) 3.7.3 3.5.3 3.5.3 2.7.9 2.7.3
qt (5.15.1) 5.11.3 5.7.1 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.2
samba (4.13.0) -- -- -- 4.2.14 3.6.6
systemd (246) 241 232 232 215 --
thunderbird (78.3.1) -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.2) 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.3
vlc (3.0.11.1) 3.0.11 3.0.6 3.0.3 -- --
xfdesktop (4.14.2) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.9) 1.20.4 1.19.2 1.19.2 1.18.4 1.12.4

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Version: 2020-05-27
Rating: 9
Date: 2020-08-16
Votes: 10


My new favorite distro!

Obviously, Raspberry Pi OS runs well on the Pi, but some people might not know that there's also an x86 edition. I have it running on a 10 year old Acer laptop, and I'm really pleased with it. RasPi OS uses the PIXEL desktop, which if I remember correctly is a fork from the now-defunct LXDE. It's the lightest desktop environment I've found so far, consuming just a little over 200 MB of RAM at startup. It's also reasonably beginner-friendly, and has just enough applications pre-installed to get you going (LibreOffice, Chromium, VLC, etc.)

Only downside I can find is that there are still some Debian packages not in the repositories yet, but the developers have been continually improving in that area. Kudos to the developing team! Keep it up!


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