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

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.

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Mohammed Abubakar