What Linux distro is best on the Raspberry Pi? [POLL]

Restarting with my Raspberry Pi

I have not used my Raspberry Pi 3 for a while but found a good microSD card to use for it today and will be restarting my use of it.

Expect tutorials, Linux distro recommendations, and tips and advice to be posted on here about the Raspberry Pi. At some point, I may buy a Pi 4, but I’ll have to see how I get on with my Pi 3 first and how easily it is to get back to using the Pi after not using it for months (If I buy a Pi 4, it’ll be the 4GB RAM version).

I’m planning on building a script that will allow for easy creation of Debian ports for the Pi in armel architecture (All Pi models, but slow due to not targeting the hard float Pi architecture), armhf architecture (Pi 2 and later excluding Pi Zero, 32-bit mode), and arm64 architecture (Pi 3 and later excluding Pi Zero W, 64-bit mode). Hopefully the experimental OpenGL driver (Pi 2+ only) will improve performance on more resource heavy desktop environments (KDE and GNOME 3), but I reckon GNOME 3 won’t be usable on any Pi except the Pi 4 and even on the Pi 4, only the 4GB RAM variant.

As for Chromium ARM, I may give it another go considering RPF Chromium is lagging three versions behind of the current stable release, however the support is definitely better than it used to be. I remember when Chromium was at version 60 or something and RPF Chromium was still on 51. However using Ubuntu packages in Raspbian or Debian can cause lots of dependency errors. You used to be able to get away with it because most of Ubuntu Chromium’s dependencies were already fulfilled in Raspbian back then, but it isn’t as simple now. Chances are if I restart Chromium ARM I’ll be using the Debian variant instead as Debian is more compatible with Raspbian than Ubuntu is. However, nothing’s confirmed yet.

I hope you’re all excited for the upcoming Raspberry Pi posts.


-Chas 😎

Some great Linux games

These games are available for Linux, and maybe Windows (I haven’t tried any yet)

1. GLTron

A fun, addictive cartoony game, GLTron requires you to use the WSAD keys to move around. You create a wall based on the colour your motorbike is, and so do the other 3 “coded” players: these players are basically extremely smart code. You can see which “player” crushed you with their wall.

2. SuperTux

SuperTux is the adventures of Tux, the Linux Penguin. Nolok has stolen Penny, dunno what for (haven’t played this in a while). Tux must save Penny from the Evil Nolok. This game is also available for Android. The only con is that once you have completed the whole game, there is nothing else to do but hard addon levels.

3. Minecraft

I should of put Minecraft in first place because it really beats GLTron, but I thought that Minecraft was originally made for Windows and then it was released for Linux. Also, it isn’t open source. But it is REALLY FUN! Most of you know how to play Minecraft already, so I can’t go into explaining the game, sorry.

4. SuperTuxKart

SuperTux, bla ba! Once you have tried SuperTux, you can continue his adventures in SuperTuxKart. It is based on Mario Kart and doesn’t work on the Raspberry Pi, OpenGL 2.1 or without.

5. What is your favourite?

I don’t personally have a 5th Linux Game yet, so what can you say?

QEMU on Raspberry Pi

QEMU is an emulator. It is available for Raspberry Pi and it can emulate old versions of Ubuntu and other OSes without installing them onto your Raspberry Pi.

Find the .img file that contains your desired OS.

Type into the terminal:

qemu-system-i386 -m 256M -hdd osname.img

Replace 256 with the amount of RAM (in megabytes) you want the Virtual Machine to have. Β The more intensive the OS, the more RAM Required. 128M is the Max on 256MB Raspberry Pis. On 512MB Raspberry Pis, you can use 450M. On 1GB Raspberry Pis, you can use 750M.

If you need unofficial help with QEMU, comment on this post with your question.


Epic Chas Gamer πŸ˜€