So Ubuntu mate is now an 'official' third party OS I guess: https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/

I'd like to install it to try it out, I know how to install using a .img file, no problem.

The problem is that I would like to install it using NOOBS instead, but Ubuntu Mate isn't a downloadable option when using NOOBS, but all the other OS's are. I like to have 2 OS's; one media player, and one regular distro, otherwise I would just not use NOOBS.

I've looked at the README for NOOBS here: https://github.com/raspberrypi/noobs#how-to-create-a-custom-os-version

but I can't quite figure out how to do it. I figured out how to make the boot.tar.xz (from the ubuntu .img file) but I don't know how to make the root.tar.xz.

If someone could show me how to get NOOBS to install both Ubuntu Mate and OSMC on the same SD, that would be great.

  • Couldn't figure out a way to do it, gave up and just installed Ubuntu-MATE alone. Still it's a pretty great desktop, more feature rich than Raspbian, feels more like a real PC and less like a toy.
    – griffinc
    Sep 11, 2015 at 23:43

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Recently someone has uploaded a noobs image. It is recent and it works with the latest noobs version. Download it from here: Ubuntu Mate. Unzip the archive and transfer the folder into the os folder of noobs and install noobs as usual.

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