How To Install Pop!_OS 21.10 On Raspberry Pi 4/400?

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Last week, Jeremy Soller, System76’s Principal engineer, shared a screenshot of Pop!_OS 21.10 running on a Raspberry Pi 400. In another tweet today, he shared a link to the experimental Pop!_OS 21.10 release, and we tried it out on our Raspberry Pi 4B.

In this article, let’s look at how to install Pop!_OS 21.10 on Raspberry Pi 4/400. We’ll also be giving you a general overview of how the build performs and the RAM and CPU usage.

How to Install Pop!_OS on Raspberry Pi 4/400

1. Head over to the official Raspberry Pi imager website; download and install the Raspberry Pi imager for your platform.

Raspberry Pi imager download page

2. Get a MicroSD card of at least 16GB with an SDHC adapter, and insert it into a card reader or your laptop’s/PC’s full-sized SD card slot.

3. Download the Pop!_OS 21.10 image from here.

4. Open the Raspberry Pi imager and click on the ‘Choose OS’ button.

raspberry pi choose os

5. Select the Pop!_OS .xz file that you downloaded.

6. Click on the ‘Choose Storage’ button and click on the MicroSD card you inserted.

7. Finally, click on the ‘Write’ button. The flash might take around 20-30 minutes.

8. Once done, insert the microSD card into your Raspberry Pi and power it on.

9. It should then boot directly into the Pop!_OS setup, where you can set the username, password, select a network, and set the time zone.

10. Congratulations! You have successfully installed Pop!_OS on your Raspberry Pi.

Pop!_OS on Raspberry Pi

Pop!_OS 21.10 Build Overview

Overall, the build is pretty solid for an experimental build. It consumes around 1.3/4 GB of RAM when idle. The app opening times are pretty good. Opening five Firefox tabs bumps up the memory usage to 2.3GB, which is respectable The overall experience is snappy, but the animations aren’t as smooth, which is expected for a Raspberry Pi.

Pop!_OS system resources monitor

720p video playback on YouTube works very well with little to no frame drops. It is recommended to use a Raspberry Pi 4 fan case as the same makes a whole lot of difference in performance. The temperature numbers never crossed 55℃.

Pop!_OS youtube on firefox temperature

There’s no info about when the official build of Pop!_OS will be available, but expect it to land with the stable 21.10 release.

What are your thoughts on the build? Let us know in the comments section below.

Mohammed Abubakar

Mohammed Abubakar

Abubakar is a passionate tech writer whose love for tech started in 2011 when he got a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Linux and open-source, you'll find him binge-watching anime or Tech content on YouTube.

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