I just ordered the new and shiny RPi 4 with 8 GB of RAM. However, I only now realized that this will probably require a 64 bit Linux. My goal is to use it as some kind of housemaid server doing backups, run VLC, etc. Therefore I would like to install a stable OS that is broadly supported.
Based on my research so far there seems to be a beta version of 64 bit Raspbian. Also I have read that there seems to be quite a performance benefit from using 64 bits. However, I am now wondering:
- Does the 8GB model strictly need 64 bit?
- What happens if I install the current regular, stable Raspbian to it? Will I be able to easily upgrade later on?
- Should I rather go for a stable 64 bit Linux distro and if so which (Debian, Ubuntu)?