Pop!_OS Is Coming To Raspberry Pi, And We Cannot Be More Excited!

Own a Raspberry Pi? We have great news!

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Raspberry Pi’s are solid devices for DIY projects, and they’ve gotten pretty powerful and capable over the years. The latest iterations — Raspberry Pi 4 and 400 offer 8GB RAM variants sufficient to run heavy distributions like Ubuntu and other ARM Linux distributions.

However, there aren’t a lot of good Desktop distributions for Raspberry Pi apart from Ubuntu and Ubuntu MATE. So, we have some good news. An ARM variant of Pop!_OS will be available soon.

Pop!_OS on Raspberry Pi: When Will it Arrive?

System76’s Principal Engineer, Jeremy Soller, shared a picture on Twitter of running the Neofetch command from the Pi 400. He referenced it to the Tweet, where he shared a link containing the binary arm64 packages.

The image shows that it’s a 4GB Raspberry Pi 400 running Pop!_OS 21.10. We can also see the memory usage, 558MB/3741MB (Probably at idle). This is impressive as even Ubuntu MATE uses around 700MB of RAM at standby.

This indicates that the build that Jeremy is running is probably a heavily trimmed-down build with bare essentials. The processor is Broadcom’s 2835, which is a 64-bit Quad-core SoC.

As of now, there’s no official release date for ARM, but considering that 21.10 is the next Pop!_OS desktop release, and the Tweet with Pop!_OS 21.10, It’s FOSS predicts that the ARM version might release alongside the official desktop release.

Pop!_OS on ARM device is excellent news since it’s the only Ubuntu-based distribution after Ubuntu MATE to be available on Raspberry Pi. This move will probably push most of the other distributions to start developing for ARM-based boards and devices.

What do you think of Pop!_OS on Raspberry Pi? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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