Can a Raspberry Pi run Ubuntu?


Martin Wimpress and Rohith Madhavan have made an Ubuntu MATE image for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 based on the regular Ubuntu armhf base, not the new Ubuntu “Snappy” Core, which means that the installation procedure for applications uses the traditional tools, ie apt-get.

We have done what we can to optimise the build for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3, you can comfortably use applications such as LibreOffice and Firefox. But the microSDHC I/O throughput is a bottleneck so we highly recommend that you use a Class 6 or Class 10 microSDHC card. Ubuntu MATE 16.04 also fully supports the built-in Bluetooth and Wifi on the Raspberry Pi 3 and features hardware accelerated video playback in VLC and hardware accelerated decoding and encoding in ffmpeg

You’ll need a microSD card that is 6GB or greater. The file system will be automatically resized, on first boot, to occupy the unallocated space of the microSD card.

NOTE! There are no predefined user...

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Running Raspberry Pi’s as Thin Clients with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Posted by Harry Lavender on September 10, 2014

This blog post will show exactly how to set up an LTSP server, running the latest version of Ubuntu, usable by Raspberry Pi thin clients over an Ethernet network, and manage these thin clients using centrally managed software known as Epoptes. This configuration is currently in use in our company setup.

This guide aims to get LTSP running on a network, with thin client access from a Raspberry Pi, as easily as is possible. Please note: This guide assumes that you can confidently install a server with Ubuntu 14.04LTS.


Raspberry Pi (B model works best) 512MB+ SD Card Hardware to install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on (Core2Duo+ is recommended, and a typical C2D system with 4GB of RAM will easily support 10 users). Note: This example uses a simple system that does NOT require 2 Network Interface Cards, meaning you can use a simple home PC as an...
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If you have to ask you shouldn't be looking at Ubuntu Mate. It's not a beginner's operating system.

I will have to disagree Dougie.

Ubuntu, Mate, Lubuntu are beginner's OS or more correctly users OS's.

They are for someone who just want to write docs, surf the web, watch youtube etc.

Perfectly fine to swap for the wife's PC, to finally get rid of Win10 in the house.

Lubuntu is smaller than Raspbian too.

Raspbian is more a tinkers OS, can make LEDs flash etc.
But latest Pixel desktop has just pushed it over into a pretty Desktop as well.
It does come with the kitchensink, great for coders.

If the user does not want to do anything with the GPIO pins or code anything then Mate etc should be ok.
Simple for a user to decide, get a bunch of SD cards, put different OS on each one and see which one gets used the most.
And keep trying new ones every few months as they get better etc.

With the Pi's you don't...

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The new $35 Raspberry Pi 2 mini-computer isn’t just faster than the original model that launched 3 years ago. It’s also more versatile: in addition to supporting Raspbian and other Linux-based operating systems, the single-board computer will also be able to run a version of Windows 10.

Later this year Microsoft will offer Windows 10 for free through the Windows Developer Program for IoT.

Don’t expect this version of Windows to have all the features you’d get if you bought a desktop or notebook PC with an Intel or AMD processor. The Raspberry Pi 2 has a quad-core, ARM Cortex-A7 processor that’s more like the type of chip you’d find in a phone or tablet than one you’d normally see in a desktop computer.

That means you probably won’t be able to run desktop-style apps. But Microsoft doesn’t expect you to use Windows 10 to turn the Raspberry Pi into a full-fledged desktop computer. Instead, it’s offering the software to Makers and developers interested in...

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[UPDATE: Note that the version of Snappy described in this post is now obsolete – I have a new post describing a newer version which works better, and slightly differently.]

This post consists of a few notes which may be helpful for people trying to get started with Snappy Ubuntu Core on the new Raspberry Pi 2. First of all note that Ubuntu requires ARM7 so it won’t run on any model of Raspberry Pi prior to the Raspberry Pi 2 (model B), released February 2015.

The Ubuntu Core image can be downloaded from the Raspberry Pi downloads page, and written to uSD card in the usual way, just as you would a Raspbian image. From my Ubuntu laptop, I use a command like:

Be very careful to get the device name correct for of, as this command will completely trash the output device.

Once you have an image on a uSD card, you can insert it into your Pi 2 and boot it up as usual. If you have a keyboard and display hooked up you can log in on the console, but note that...

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2015-10-22 - Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for Raspbery Pi 2 Final Release

Added OMXPlayer GUI.

Added YouTube Downloader.

Added fake-hwclock.

Added python-spidev and python3-spidev.

Added python-codebug-tether and python3-codebug-tether.

Added python-codebug-i2c-tether and python3-codebug-i2c-tether.

Added file system integrity checking on first boot.

Optimised first run of MATE Menu.

Optimised LibreOffice icons.

Reinstated oem-config, which has been patched for the Raspberry Pi 2.

Now includes the Ubuntu MATE slideshow.

Fixed udev rules and groups for accessing spi.

Fixed Scratch, it now runs via a sudo wrapper.

Simliar to how Raspbian does it except only Scratch can be executed with elevated privileges, not everything.

Removed Compiz.

2015-10-14 - Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for Raspbery Pi 2 Release Candidate

Fixed framebuffer so it now uses 32-bit colour depth.


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The RaspberryPi is something that I’ve always been interested in but never really got around to actually ordering one… until this week!

In February the RaspberryPi Foundation released the RaspberryPi 2, this models sports a quad core, 900Mhz ARM7 processor with 1GB of RAM, this is a massive improvement on the previous models so I thought, well why not order one now, they’re even more powerful and easily be able to run a web server and various other tasks relatively fast!

So this morning, my bits came and in under an hour I had assembled the Pi2 in it’s fancy case that I bought for it too, my parts list that I ordered and received are as follows:

1x Raspberry Pi 2 1x FLIRC case 1x 5v 2A Micro-USB charger 1x SanDisk Ultra 32GB MicroSD (Class 10) Card (Plus MicroSD to SD adapter)

Originally I really wanted to run FreeBSD 10.1 on it but after doing some research online currently FreeBSD is not yet compatible on the RPi2 which was a little disappointing but I knew I...

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