Native Ubuntu distribution released for Raspberry Pi

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This is really cool, Ubuntu is now releasing native distributions that can be run directly on the Raspberry Pi. No longer do you need to use specialized Raspbian distribution.

These releases are certified by Canonical and will be as stable as other architectures.

The release is Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and is available here

The main advantage of using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS over Raspbian is 64 Bit Support and complete and updated distribution.

I haven't seen or performed any performance benchmarks, but I am sure they will come soon. I suspect performance will be really good.

It is pretty impressive support for as far back as the Raspberry Pi 2 is available (although only in 32 bit).

Installation is as simple as copying the Ubuntu image to an SD Card and booting up. With the Raspberry Pi 3 you can actually boot off USB Flash and USB Hard Drives, so I assume you can install that way as well and will likely yield much better performance.

These images are Ubuntu Server edition and not a workstation, so if you want to run a UI you will need to install a desktop. This can be done as simply as:

  • sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
  • sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
  • sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

Just pick one you prefer or try them all.

With the Raspberry Pi 4 performing as much as 100% faster than the Pi 3 there are tons of potential.


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I need to get a rpi4 or four. Really cool that they did this and that the support is long term for 5+ years!

Here I was just about to message you in discord about this post, and you've already seen it hahaha.

I quite like the Debian derived DietPi.

Nice timing for me to get my raspberry pies. Looking to pick up 2 to here soon. One for running my mini miners and the other as a media center.