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Raspberry Pi OS


Last Update: 2023-10-12 00:43 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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Average visitor rating: 7.73/10 from 11 review(s).


RasPiOS Summary
Distribution Raspberry Pi OS (formerly Raspbian)
Home Page https://www.raspberrypi.com/software/
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/DistroWatch Torrent Archive
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:
 • 2023-10-11: Distribution Release: Raspberry Pi OS 2023-10-10
 • 2022-04-08: Distribution Release: Raspberry Pi OS 2022-04-04
 • 2021-11-08: Distribution Release: Raspberry Pi OS 2021-10-30
 • 2020-12-04: Distribution Release: Raspberry Pi OS 2020-12-02
 • 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
 • More RasPiOS releases...

  Headlines:
 • 2023-09-28 Raspberry Pi 5 single board computer launching in October
 • 2022-04-13 Running a Pi without non-free firmware
 • 2022-02-09 Installing operating systems directly on the Pi
 • 2021-02-04 Raspberry Pi OS users upset by additional of non-free repo
 • More RasPiOS headlines...

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Release Date 2023-10-10 2023-05-03 2020-12-04 2019-04-09 2018-11-15 2017-07-05 2015-02-16 Release Date
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Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 400-2800 400-3100 400-3000 300-1100 300-1100 1200-1300   Image Size (MB)
Free Download IMG IMG IMG IMG IMG IMG IMG Free Download
Installation -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop PIXEL PIXEL PIXEL PIXEL PIXEL PIXEL LXDE Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice -- -- -- LibreOffice -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture aarch64, armhf aarch64, armhf aarch64, armhf armv6, armv7 armv6, armv7 armv6, armv7 armhf Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems               Journaled File Systems
Multilingual               Multilingual
Asian Language Support               Asian Language Support
Full Package List 2023-10-10 2023-05-03 2020-12-02 2019-04-08 2018-11-13 2017-07-05 2015-02-16 Full Package List
Package 2023-10-10 2023-05-03 2020-12-02 2019-04-08 2018-11-13 2017-07-05 2015-02-16 Package
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.10) 1.2.8 1.2.4 1.1.8 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.0.28 1.0.25 alsa-lib (1.2.10)
amdgpu (23.0.0) 23.0.0 19.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.2.15 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.2 bash (5.2.21)
bind (9.18.20) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.18.20)
chromium (119.0.6045.199) 116.0.5845.102 113.0.5672.59 84.0.4147.105 72.0.3626.121 65.0.3325.181 56.0.2924.84 -- chromium (119.0.6045.199)
cups (2.4.7) 2.4.2 2.3.3 2.2.10 -- 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.5.3 cups (2.4.7)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3-P1 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.2 dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.47.0 1.46.2 1.44.5 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.5 e2fsprogs (1.47.0)
firefox (120.0.1) 117.0.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (120.0.1)
freetype (2.13.2) 2.12.1 2.10.4 2.9.1 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.6 2.5.2 freetype (2.13.2)
gcc (13.2.0) 12.2.0 10.2.1 8.3.0 6.3.0 6.3.0 4.9.2 4.6.3 gcc (13.2.0)
gimp (2.10.36) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.36)
glibc (2.38) 2.36 2.31 2.28 2.24 2.24 2.19 2.13 glibc (2.38)
gnome-shell (45.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (45.2)
gnucash (5.4-1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.4-1)
gnumeric (1.12.56) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.56)
grub (2.06) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.06)
gtk (4.12.4) 3.24.38 3.24.24 3.24.5 3.22.11 3.22.11 3.14.5 2.24.10 gtk (4.12.4)
httpd (2.4.58) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.58)
inkscape (1.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.3.1)
k3b (23.08.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (23.08.3)
kmod (31) 30 28 26 23 23 18 9 kmod (31)
krita (5.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.2.1)
libreoffice (7.6.3) 7.4.7 7.0.4 -- -- -- 4.3.3 -- libreoffice (7.6.3)
linux (6.6.4) 6.1.54 6.1 4.19.50 4.9.82 4.9.82 4.4.34 3.12 linux (6.6.4)
Package 2023-10-10 2023-05-03 2020-12-02 2019-04-08 2018-11-13 2017-07-05 2015-02-16 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) 0.10.1 0.10.1 0.10.0 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.7.2 0.7.1 lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (11.1.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (11.1.3)
mate-desktop (1.26.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.26.2)
mesa (23.3.0) 23.2.1 20.3.5 19.3.2 13.0.6 13.0.6 13.0.0 8.0.5 mesa (23.3.0)
mysql (8.2.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.2.0)
nautilus (45.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (45.2)
NVIDIA (545.29.06) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (545.29.06)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.0 openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (21.0.1) 17.0.8 17.0.6 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (21.0.1)
openssh (9.5p1) 9.2p1 8.4p1 7.9p1 7.4p1 7.4p1 6.7p1 6.0p1 openssh (9.5p1)
openssl (3.2.0) 3.0.11 1.1.1n 1.1.1d 1.1.0j 1.1.0f 1.0.1t 1.0.1e openssl (3.2.0)
perl (5.38.2) 5.36.0 5.32.1 5.28.1 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.2 5.14.2 perl (5.38.2)
php (8.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.3.0)
plasma-desktop (5.27.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.27.9)
postfix (3.8.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.8.3)
postgresql (16.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (16.1)
Python (3.12.0) 3.11.2 3.9.2 3.7.3 3.5.3 3.5.3 2.7.9 2.7.3 Python (3.12.0)
qt (6.6.1) 5.15.8 5.15.2 5.11.3 5.7.1 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.2 qt (6.6.1)
samba (4.19.3) -- -- -- -- -- 4.2.14 3.6.6 samba (4.19.3)
systemd (254.7) 252.12 247.3 241 232 232 215 -- systemd (254.7)
thunderbird (115.5.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (115.5.1)
vim (9.0) 9.0 8.2 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.3 vim (9.0)
vlc (3.0.20) 3.0.18 3.0.18 3.0.11 3.0.6 3.0.3 -- -- vlc (3.0.20)
wayland (1.22.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.22.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.9) 21.1.7 1.20.11 1.20.4 1.19.2 1.19.2 1.18.4 1.12.4 xorg-server (21.1.9)

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Version: 2023-10-10
Rating: 8
Date: 2023-11-22
Votes: 1


The greatest part of this OS is how well it's tweaked to utilize the PI hardware. The PI 4B (8GB RAM) board works so well that you could make a slim desktop out of it or a media center, and that's pretty impressive. The worst part is how 'sticky' the GUI feels on the default PIXEL desktop (a tweaked version of LXDE/Openbox). Not only are there bugs and segmentation faults that make some of the theme-changing apps unusable, but some of them will work and set one setting only to unset another. On top of that, the menu doesn't show all installed apps, which just adds to the headache that is the look/feel of the default installation. They really shouldn't have released the OS in this state. The desktop environment really felt like a buggy development version that should've been in testing by staff, not released to the general public. One of the first things I did when my PI 4B board arrived was to install XFCE. I thought that would be it, but the login manager wouldn't give me an option to switch the desktop environment. I didn't feel like fighting with it anymore and just installed SLIM and finally I had a usable desktop environment. At this point, all I seem to benefit from with this OS over others is the OS-hardware connection and the Chromium tweaks. While that might not seem like much, it's probably the most significant part of things. Manjaro (the pi-specific image, not the general arm image) crawled on this same hardware. Chromium was blurring pages on Manjaro when I had one or two tabs open. I can have ten or more tabs open on Raspberry PI OS without an issue. Really, that was just when I stopped needing to open tabs, it wasn't that the OS slowed down -- and it really hasn't heated up much, though I'm using a passively-cooled box for it. It's impressive how well this OS works with the hardware. I just really, really don't like the default desktop environment and the 'sticky' aspect of things (making changing things harder that it arguably has to be). I'd rate this as a 6 or 7 due to how many issues I had, but the connection between this OS and the hardware makes it seem like the only real option, which I gave back points for. The fact that I could get Kodi to run without much of an issue on the PI, with an HD monitor was great. It was a real pain to set up, but it's great that it makes such use of the hardware. It's a great option for a less-costly desktop or a media center. I really do look forward to them fixing those issues with PIXEL, though. Or, I hope they release the code for the OS-hardware connection so that other distros can make use of it and have their distros fly on the PI hardware, as well.


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Version: 2023-05-03
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-09-28
Votes: 0


The RaspiOS on the Pi4 just gets better.

However, the likelihood of using it as my daily driver just went to zero, but this is NOT the fault of RaspiOS ...

Google has now removed the ability for Citrix Workspace to run on a Chrome browser - if the OS is not ChromeOS:
"Citrix Workspace app for ChromeOS is supported only on ChromeOS. The app is no longer supported on non-ChromeOS platform."

And even though Citrix has released an arn64 Linux version, there is no full support for Teams:
"The following features aren’t supported on Citrix Workspace app for Linux when using ARM64 architecture-based devices:
Optimized Microsoft Teams
Optimized Skype for Business (RTOP/RTME)
Browser Content Redirection (BCR)
Multimedia redirection"

So, no more full-functionality Citrix Workspace on the Pi4 + RaspiOS + Chromium. How annoying.



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Version: 2022-09-22
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-02-01
Votes: 3


The arm64 version has progressed well. I.e. "Raspberry Pi OS Lite (64-bit)."

The Xfce desktop environment works well.

Chromium seems to run a little faster than in the beta arm64 versions. (I assume the dev team have been working on further optimisation?)

HDMI sound in Chromium now works without having to make a post-installation tweak.

I no longer need the armhf architecture to run Citrix Workspace - I discovered you can run it in Chromium by installing a Google Chrome (yes, Chrome) "Citrix Workspace" extension (NOT the "Citrix Workspace Web" extension).

I would prefer no systemd. (I'm now trailing Alpine Linux on my RPi 4B for that reason.)


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