What operating systems can I run on the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B?

The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B supports various operating systems (OS) designed specifically for ARM-based devices. Some popular choices include:

  • Raspberry Pi OS: This is the official operating system developed for Raspberry Pi. It comes in different flavors, including a full desktop version and a Lite version (without a graphical user interface). It is recommended for most users, especially beginners.

  • Ubuntu: Ubuntu has an official version called Ubuntu Desktop for Raspberry Pi. It provides a more traditional Linux desktop experience and access to a wide range of software packages available in Ubuntu repositories.

  • Raspbian: While this used to be the official name for Raspberry Pi OS, it has been rebranded as Raspberry Pi OS. Older versions might still be referred to as Raspbian.

  • OSMC (Open Source Media Center): If you want to turn your Raspberry Pi into a media center, OSMC is a great choice. It is a free and open-source media player based on Kodi.

  • LibreELEC: Another media center option is LibreELEC, a lightweight Linux distribution specifically designed for running Kodi.

  • RetroPie: If you’re into retro gaming, you can install RetroPie on your Raspberry Pi, turning it into a retro gaming console that can emulate various classic gaming systems.

These are just a few examples, and there are many other operating systems and distributions available that you can explore based on your specific needs and interests.