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Raspberry Pi OS Alternatives

Raspberry Pi OS is described as '(previously called Raspbian) is the Foundation’s official supported operating system. You can install it with NOOBS or download the image below and follow our installation guide' and is a popular operating system in the os & utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Raspberry Pi OS for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Self-Hosted solutions, Arch Linux and Fedora. The best alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Raspberry Pi OS are Arch Linux, Manjaro Linux, Fedora and Windows 10.

Raspberry Pi OS alternatives are mainly Operating Systems but may also be Linux Distros. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Raspberry Pi OS.
This page was last updated Jun 15, 2022
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  1. Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.

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    Its not an OS for Raspberry Pi

    Negative comment almost 7 years ago
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  2. Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised GNU/Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking.

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    Arch Linux has a port available that will run on the Raspberry Pi.

    Positive comment almost 6 years ago
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  3. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.

  4. Fedora creates an innovative, free, and open source platform for hardware, clouds, and containers that enables software developers and community members to build tailored solutions for their users.

  5. Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems

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    It's not open source, not free and because it's not a Linux distribution, it works in a different way.

    Negative comment about 2 years ago
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  6. elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .

  7. Kubuntu is an official "flavor" of Ubuntu that uses the KDE Plasma desktop environment. This gives it a completely different look and feel.

  8. Xubuntu

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    • Linux

    Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment. It is based on Ubuntu Debian Linux.

  9. openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server.

  10. Zorin OS is a multi-functional operating system designed specifically for Windows users who want to have easy and smooth access to Linux. It is based on Ubuntu which is the most popular Linux operating system in the world.

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