Operating Systems for Raspberry pi - Some suprises are there for you!

The days are not far, we accept all these ARM based SBC's or SOM's to replace our desktops and the scope of getting all the application based operating system to scale up the performances.

Here we go,let's look at the list of Operating system for Raspberry pi in which some are in development stage, majority of them are getting stable in performance.



  • Alpine Linux - Security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and busybox.
  • Android Things - Build connected devices for a wide variety of consumer, retail, and industrial applications. Supports Raspberry Pi 3
  • Arch Linux ARM - Lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.
  • balenaOS - open source OS to run Docker containers on embedded devices that's been designed for reliability and proven in production.
  • BerryBoot - Bootloader/universal OS installer, with support to VNC and HDMI-CEC.
  • CentOS - CentOS on the Raspberry Pi. Supports Raspberry Pi 2+
  • chilipie-kiosk - Image which boots directly into full-screen Chrome, perfect for dashboards and build monitors. Supports Raspberry Pi 2+
  • DietPi - Minimal image designed to fit on a 2GB SD card, with tons of configurable settings and scripts.
  • DroneBridge - A WifiBroadcast extension to make for a real alternative to DJI Lightbridge and other similar systems. Supports Raspberry Pi 3
  • EZ-WifiBroadcast - Affordable Wireless Digital HD Video Transmission made easy. Supports Raspberry Pi 3 Supports Raspberry Pi Zero
  • FabScanPi - FabScanPi is an open source 3D laser scanner using the Raspberry Pi Camera Module. Supports Raspberry Pi 2+
  • Fedora - Linux Fedora distribution built for the Pi. Supports Raspberry Pi 2+
  • FreeBSD - FreeBSD is an advanced computer operating system used to power modern servers, desktops, and embedded platforms.
  • Gentoo - Gentoo Stage 3 tarball for Raspberry Pi.
  • Gladys Assistant - Gladys, a privacy-first, open-source home assistant. Supports Raspberry Pi 3
  • Hass.io - Home automation operating system/application for embedded device, also available standalone.
  • HypriotOS - Minimal Debian-based operating system, optimized to run Docker.
  • Kali Linux - Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Linux distro for ARM devices.
  • Kano OS - Open-source OS for exploration, creation, and play – free for Raspberry Pi and the new Pi 3.
  • Lakka - Retro-gaming on the Raspberry Pi built entirely on RetroArch.
  • LibreELEC - Just enough OS for Kodi
  • Manjaro - Friendly, open-source Linux distribution for Raspberry Pi.
  • Minibian - Minimal Raspbian (lighter than Jessie Lite).
  • MoodleBox - The MoodleBox provides a Moodle learning management system on Raspberry Pi. Supports Raspberry Pi 3
  • motionEyeOS - Linux distribution that turns a single-board computer into a video surveillance system.
  • NetBSD - NetBSD is a free, fast, secure, and highly portable Unix-like Open Source operating system.
  • NextCloudPi - Nextcloud ready image based on Raspbian. Features Nextcloud 11 running on Raspbian 8, with PHP 7 and HTTP2 enabled Apache server.
  • NOOBS - New Out Of the Box Software, an easy OS installer for beginners.
  • OctoPi - Distribution for 3d printers.
  • OpenELEC - Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center, a very lightweight Kodi build.
  • OpenHABian - A preconfigured version of the OpenHAB home automation software. Supports Raspberry Pi 2+
  • OpenMediaVault - OpenMediaVault is the next generation network attached storage (NAS) solution based on Debian Linux containing services like SSH, (S)FTP, SMB/CIFS, DAAP media server, RSync, BitTorrent client and many more. Supports Raspberry Pi 3
  • OpenWRT - OpenWrt is described as a Linux distribution for embedded devices for network management.
  • OSMC - Open Source Media Centre, based on Kodi.
  • PiDeck - Small form factor DVS system allowing you to control digital music files with timecode vinyl.
  • PiNet - System to manage Raspberry Pi classrooms.
  • PirateBox - Anonymous offline mobile file-sharing and communications system.
  • Raspbian - The official supported Raspberry Pi OS, based on Debian and available as a lite version.
  • RasPlex - Plex client for the Raspberry Pi.
  • Recalbox - Drag & drop light-weight retro-gaming and media center on the Raspberry Pi.
  • RetroPie - Retro-gaming on the Raspberry Pi.
  • Risc OS - Non-Linux OS originated from the group that developed the ARM microprocessor.
  • Rocket Show - Play synced backing tracks, videos and DMX light-sequences live on stage. Supports Raspberry Pi 3
  • RuneAudio - Free and open source OS that turns embedded hardware into Hi-Fi music players.
  • SamplerBox - Drop'n'play sampler: drop .WAV samples on the SD card, and play!
  • SARPi - Stands for the Slackware ARM on Raspberry Pi.
  • Snappy Ubuntu Core - Official (minimal) Ubuntu distribution for IoT. Supports Raspberry Pi 2+
  • TrueOS - FreeBSD-based thin client solution. Supports Raspberry Pi 2+
  • Ubuntu MATE - Ubuntu distribution for the Raspberry Pi based on MATE desktop. Supports Raspberry Pi 2+
  • Ubuntu Server - Ubuntu Server distribution for the Raspberry Pi. Supports Raspberry Pi 2+ Supports Raspberry Pi 3
  • Volumio - Headless audiophile music player, designed to play music with the highest possible fidelity.
  • Windows 10 ARM - Run Windows 10 ARM64 on Raspberry Pi, which is community supported.
  • Windows 10 IoT Core - Windows 10 distribution for IoT. Supports Raspberry Pi 2+


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