When NOOBS is booted up, there is a choice of a variety of Operating Systems.

Is it possible for me to add another Operating System onto this list (for example MinePeon)? If so, how do I do it?

Additional Notes: I am using a Raspberry Pi B with NOOBS 1.4.

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    Is it really necessary? Can't you distribute it simply as an Image since it would obviously be easier for everyone (even noobs ;-) ) to simply write an image based distribution to an SD card using Win 32 Disk Imager or something similar – Joseph Apr 4 '15 at 12:01

Yes it is possible (since NOOBS 1.3). To do so, plug in a physical keyboard and hold shift during boot. You should see the NOOBS GUI and should be able to select an OS to install (ie Raspbian). Let this OS install, once finished and it boots to Raspbian, set it up, then reboot. Hold shift again, select the secondary OS and click install. It should ask you if you want to overwrite or just install alongside. If this sounds too complicated or doesn't work, use BerryBoot.

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    I'm sorry I didn't make this clearer (now edited), I was meaning a separate Operating System that wasn't included in NOOBS. (An example being MinePeon). Thanks though :) – Geek Guy Apr 4 '15 at 15:04
  • Oh right, im not sure in noobs but ik it can be done in berryboot – Ben Apr 4 '15 at 15:06
  • using Noobs 1.4 it only gives me the option to overwrite - not install alongside – M.M May 31 '16 at 1:22

Convert RetroPie SD Card Image to NOOBS Image


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  • Welcome to the Stack Exchange network and the Raspberry Pi flavoured corner of it! This answer does seem to be a possible approach but could you expand it to be a bit more than just an off-site link. Have you done this yourself (how did it go?); what would the Questioner need to do this, e.g. do they need another blank card to work with or can they do it with just what they have; do they need to download extra software (from github?) - i.e. can you include a summery of the steps from the given link? – SlySven Aug 27 '16 at 23:40

Yes, you can add operating systems in Noobs. Check out this link for further info, https://github.com/raspberrypi/noobs#how-to-create-a-custom-os-version

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