Raspberry Pi: Flexibility in OS

The Raspberry Pi has been designed as a cost effective option for use in school environments. One of the great things about the Raspberry Pi is that offers a wide variety of Operating Systems (OSs) for users to make use of in their projects, or to simply learn and tinker with. The official Raspberry Pi site (www.raspberrypi.org) offers free, downloadable images for nine different operating systems. Two, Noobs and Raspbian , are considered the “officially supported” operating systems of the Pi; however, also available are Ubuntu Mate, Snappy Ubuntu Core, Windows 10 IoT Core, OSMC, OPENELEC, PINET, and RISC OS.

In addition to the OSs made available via the Raspberry Pi site, there are others that are used on these flexible devices. One of the more recent OSs to be made available at no cost is Kano OS – a fast, but easy to use OS designed to be kid-friendly. One school program in northeastern Texas, which has been using Raspberry Pi for a while now, lists the installation of Kano OS on their devices as one of their programs most recent successes. For anyone looking to test out this new OS, the image is available to download on the Kano website (http://www2.kano.me/downloads). However, thus far it does not appear to be one of the more common OSs to be used on the Raspberry Pis.

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