Raspberry Pi OS

Ubuntu MATE for Raspberry Pi

Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi provides a complete, familiar, desktop environment that can be used for basic desktop computing. It is also of interest to makers and device hackers who want to target Ubuntu for their projects. You can prototype homebrew ARMv7 or ARMv8 based IoT devices in a comfortable desktop environment, including building and testing your apps as snaps. The full Ubuntu archive is available to you.

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Bootable 64-bit Gentoo image for the RPi4 released (Xfce4 desktop)

It also comes bundled with a reasonable set of pre-installed aarch64 packages (LibreOffice v6.3.0.4, Firefox Quantum v68.0.1, Chromium v76.0.3809.87, Thunderbird v60.8.0, VLC v3.0.7.1, Kodi v18.0, GIMP v2.10.12 etc.) so that you can get productive without having to compile anything first! Unless you want to, of course; this being Gentoo, GCC v9.1.0, Clang v8.0.1, IcedTea v3.13.0 (OpenJDK 8), Go v1.12.7, Rust v1.36.0 and various versions of Python are of course bundled also ^-^

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RPI4 & Ubuntu MATE
How to enable video acceleration

Let’s fix another problem. This is a big one, and technically speaking, the most important one. Because if you intend to use Raspberry Pi 4 as a desktop system, like I do, then hardware acceleration is a critical component of the overall experience. What this translates to, in layman’s terms: smooth video playback with low system resource utilization and less heating.

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Ubuntu Desktop

  • sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
  • sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
  • sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

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