The Raspberry Pi Pico documentation indicates "if you are intending to develop for Pico on a Raspberry Pi, then you can set up the C/C++ toolchain quickly by running our setup script from the command line".

Does anyone know if the setup script also works on the Raspberry Pi desktop installed on a PC?

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    what happens if you run the script?
    – jsotola
    Mar 12, 2023 at 22:53
  • @jsotola I didn't try. If it doesn't work, I don't want to mess up my desktop configuration with it only partially installed. Mar 12, 2023 at 23:12

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Raspberry Pi Desktop is a Linux OS for PC with a Pi "look & feel".
Install a Linux tool for your hardware (probably X32).

  • I think it's more than just a "look & feel". They're both based on Debian Linux, but Raspberry Pi OS has moved on to Bullseye while Raspberry Pi desktop is still on Buster. Mar 13, 2023 at 15:51
  • @StevenClark they are radically different! One uses ARM6 the other x32.
    – Milliways
    Mar 14, 2023 at 0:50

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