I just downloaded current version of NOOBS (1.3.10) and there is only one operating system (Raspbian).

After zip file unpacking - I see that there os only Raspbian in os folder.

NOOBS 1.3.8 version was 1.4GB, current version is about 700MB.

Anyone knows what is going on?

  • It is meant to show a selection of operating systems. If it didn't you need to raise an issue with raspberrypi.org/help/noobs-setup
    – joan
    Nov 25, 2014 at 14:33
  • @joan I updated my answer.
    – Kamil
    Nov 25, 2014 at 15:02

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Oh dear.

It looks like this is done on purpose.


Minor release

NOOBS now only includes Raspbian by default, other distros can be network-installed. This makes NOOBS usable on 4GB cards again (fixes #176 )

What a nonsense. If someone has 4GB card he can just remove folders from os folder after unzipping NOOBS.

  • "What nonsense" -> Not really. You are failing to take into consideration that I may not want to download N GB that I'm then simply going to discard. By your logic, we should install the entire repository of a distro (think terabytes, I dunno), then just uninstall all the things we don't want. All that pointless waste of bandwidth costs both you and the people providing the servers. Conversely, if you do want to use stuff, you can download it. But +1 for providing the answer (and the question).
    – goldilocks
    Nov 25, 2014 at 20:18
  • @goldilocks By nonsense I mean that "full" version contain less operating systems than "lite".
    – Kamil
    Nov 25, 2014 at 23:29
  • No, according to the online sources the 20 MB lite version contains no OS images, only the bootloader and installer. You would need to install whatever you want via network. So if you want raspbian, use the normal version. If you don't want raspbian (and presumably want something else), then use the lite version and install whatever it is from there. That minimizes transfer volume for everyone concerned.
    – goldilocks
    Nov 26, 2014 at 1:11
  • @goldilocks My problem is that I'm using many RPi devices. Now I have to make network install many times and it does not minimize my transfer volume at all :)
    – Kamil
    Nov 26, 2014 at 1:29
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    I think they should make NOOBS modular, so everyone can download desired images in desired versions.
    – Kamil
    Nov 26, 2014 at 1:31

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