Questions tagged [operating-systems]

An operating system is the software that manages the hardware and software resources of the Raspberry Pi and provides common services for the applications.

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How to set up swap space?

Raspberry Pi has only 256 MB of RAM, so I would like to use swap space (either on SD card or attached USB storage). How do I set it up?
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Definitive List Of Operating Systems

What is a definitive list of operating systems that work with the Raspberry Pi? I know of the distributions listed on their sites of course, but it could be beneficial to have a complete list of ...
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What should be done to secure Raspberry Pi?

Having tens of thousands of Raspberry Pi's connected to the internet is eventually going to capture the interest of some people who would like to do unsavory things to the little computers especially ...
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Do I still need rpi-update if I am using the latest version of Raspbian?

I have a 512MB Pi. I am trying to make sure I am getting the most out of it. I just downloaded the latest version of Raspbian and installed it on the Pi. Do I also need rpi-update? Is rpi-update ...
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Is it possible to run real time software?

I know it runs Linux and there are real time patches available for Linux. Would those patches work? Has anybody tried another real-time-os on the Raspberry Pi? The idea is to use the board for ...
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Will Raspbian move to 64-bit?

In this page, the official RPi3 announcement states: You’ll need a recent NOOBS or Raspbian image from our downloads page. At launch, we are using the same 32-bit Raspbian userland that we use on ...
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How do I install an OS image onto an SD card?

I have just ordered my Raspberry Pi, and I want to prepare my SD card. How do I install an OS image onto an SD card?
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Can I install Android?

Is there an Android port for the Raspberry Pi, and if so, where can I find out more about it?
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Is there a Linux From Scratch (LFS) ARM equivalent

I'd like to demonstrate how it's possible to 'bootstrap' up from a near-bare installation of Linux to something useful and productive. The Tiny Core and LFS projects demonstrate this well. However ...
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How can I keep system time?

I know that Raspberry Pi does not come with a system clock to save money. How can I keep system time though?
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Is it possible to dual boot from the SD card?

Say I wished to have Debian Squeeze and Arch Linux ARM on my SD card. Would it be possible to dual boot from Grub?
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What is the simplest way to setup and run XBMC?

How can I get XBMC on my Raspberry Pi? I'm not particularly interested in running a specific operating system. My primary desire is to run XBMC on a Raspberry Pi. According to this official post, ...
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Are there any non-Linux operating systems available?

Some variation of Linux is the de facto standard for Raspberry Pi. However, smaller, lesser known operating systems do exist and some would seem appropriate for such a small device. Are there any ...
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Can I install Windows?

I recently bought a RPi and it came with Debian, which I think is a Linux distribution. I'm more used to Windows; can I install it?
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Can you run pfsense on a Raspberry Pi 3?

Is it possible to run pfsense on a Raspberry PI 3? They have an embedded version that runs Nano BSD.
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Using Raspberry Pi without a Linux OS?

I'm interested in using the Raspberry Pi as a pure embedded CPU unit, for the development of embedded applications. Since the Raspberry Pi has a powerful CPU with quite a bit of memory, it makes an ...
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“Resource busy” error when using `dd` to copy disk img to SD card

I've downloaded Raspbian wheezy from the Raspberry Pi downloads page and following the RPi Easy SD Card Setup wiki page. I formatted the SD card, and cded into the folder containing the Raspbian img ...
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How do I install new software?

I am aware that Linux distributions usually have 'package managers' to allow me to download and install software from the command line, and that I should also be able to download and compile source ...
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How do I create a new user?

Are there any security implications for creating (or not creating) a new user? If need be, how do I create a new user or change the default user?
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How can I change the RAM split?

By default, the Pi is set to a 192MiB:64MiB RAM:VRAM split. As I will not be using the Pi for graphical purposes, I would like to change the split to allocate more normal RAM to ease swap usage.
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FreeBSD - easiest way to install on my RPi?

Raspberry Pi support has been merged into FreeBSD-CURRENT a few months ago. However the latest installation instructions still involve a lengthy process of cross-compiling the entire OS on another ...
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Do I need to buy an SD card with an OS preloaded on it?

I finally got accepted to place a pre-order, and one option to "add" is the OS on the SD card preloaded. Is this needed, or can I download the OS elsewhere? Could I just put on my own version of Linux ...
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Write an OS for Raspberry Pi in C

I already found the Baking Pi tutorials, but they only use assembly language. I followed the first lessons, but I am already wondering how to use C instead. I mean, there is a reason they invented ...
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What are the benefits of using Arch Linux over the standard Debian build? [closed]

From the Raspberry Pi downloads page: Debian “squeeze” If you’re just starting out, this is the image we recommend you use. It’s a reference root filesystem from Gray and Dom, containing LXDE, Midori,...
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Can I install Ubuntu?

To my understanding, the Raspberry Pi supports Debian. Has anyone had any success running Ubuntu on it?
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How do I upgrade Raspbian?

I have my Raspberry Pi setup how I want, but I have an older version than what is currently available (2012-10-28-wheezy-raspbian.zip). How do I upgrade the kernel, firmware, etc.? I have upgraded ...
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Can I install webOS?

Has anyone tried to get webOS to work? I am looking to see how much work it would be to modify it to work or if webOS would have problems without heavy modification.
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iOS on a Raspberry Pi

Now, I understand it would probably be impractical to do so, but for the "because I can" reason I'd like to try to install iOS on my Raspberry Pi. (when it eventually comes..) I've looked around for ...
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How do I install Chrome OS?

Could I get Chrome OS working on my Raspberry Pi without having to compile anything? I've heard somebody has compiled it for the Raspberry Pi, so I was wondering if anyone has had any experience in ...
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Can I run Concerto?

I would like to set up the Raspberry Pi as a simple box that runs Concerto exclusively. That way I can use an older TV as a screen. Are there any tips or better solutions out there that I don't know ...
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Can I have 1 processor core just for my program?

I have to time the time difference between high -> low and low -> high signal edge on GPIO pins. I have written simple program that does this. After running it for some time I was quite happy with the ...
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Is XBMC an operating system?

Is XBMC for the Raspberry Pi an operating system? Or is it built on top of another, such as Debian?
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Custom operating system on the Raspberry Pi?

Me and a fellow coder friend are looking to create our own operating system (OS). We're looking to create a Java-based OS, so I would love to poke about the JNode OS for inspiration. Is there a way ...
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How can I add another Operating System onto NOOBS?

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? ...
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How do I install Arch Linux?

How do I install Arch Linux on my Raspberry Pi? Related: What are the benefits of using Arch Linux over the standard Debian build?
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Why is Python the preferred language for the pi

Why is python perceived as the preferred language to control and manipulate Raspberry Pi? Why is Python language chosen over other other programming languages like PERL, etc. (which are included ...
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Custom firmware on Raspberry Pi?

Is there a way to use the Raspberry Pi like an Arduino? That is, without an operating system? Just connect it to the USB of your computer and download code onto it, and the next time the Raspberry Pi ...
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Cambridge University Raspberry Pi Operating system development Guide Questions

I'm a high level app developer (C#, python) and I'd like to get my hands dirty with low level embedded application development. Cambridge University has posted a series of tutorials teaching you how ...
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Is it possible to install Raspbmc without a wired internet connection?

I don't have a wired internet connection and I was wondering if it would be possible to install the latest version onto the SD card? Alternatively I tried bridging my laptop's wireless connection ...
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Raspberry Pi Live Boot or Read Only Distro?

Is there any Raspberry Pi Live Boot or Read Only Distros available? I was wondering, since the EE stack exchange normally gets some questions regarding safe power disconnect on the RPi, if such a ...
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What tailored OS distributions exist?

Is there already a specific tailored distribution for the Raspberry Pi? My specific concern is about the lifetime of the SD card hosting the OS image. Other distro addressed that like, for instance, ...
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Make a Fallout Pipboy from an Rpi [closed]

I want to make a modern Pipboy from the Fallout series. But I want to run a Windows OS or Android OS with camera, Bluetooth, gyro, GPS, and SIM card and with a lot of programmable buttons and LEDs. I'...
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NOOBS won't start

I am setting up the NOOBS (New Out-Of-Box Software) that has just been released. Once I have formatted and copied the data onto my Class 6 SDHC card, and plug my Pi in, the power light turns on, but ...
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Playing around with servers

I want to get some hands on knowledge with linux servers (sine the last internship I applied for, required some experience with linux servers, but I had none), and I'm wondering if the RPi would give ...
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Baremetal Forth for Raspberry Pi?

I was strongly considering writing a Forth implementation designed to run bare-metal on a Raspberry Pi, that is, booting directly into Forth with no OS. I thought this might be of interest to the ...
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Installing CentOS 7 on a Raspberry Pi

How do you install CentOS 7 on a Raspberry Pi? The link to download the image is available here.
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Is there a Linux image wich was compiled with -mfloat-abi=softfp?

I'm trying to find an OS that was compiled with -mfloat-abi=softfp to be able to use my precompiled ARM binaries on my Raspberry. Although I understand the reason why Raspbian and Arch are compiled ...
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Package browser to search for compiled software pre-install?

For any of the OSes that are compatible with the Raspberry Pi, are there any searchable databases that list the currently available packages that have been compiled for the OS? I'm thinking of ...
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Is BTRFS Supported on Arch Linux?

Does the Arch Linux image already support BTRFS or would I need to compile it into the kernel myself? If the latter is the case, a short guide on how one would do that would be great.
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OS from scratch on the Pi 2?

I found this cool tutorial for building an OS from scratch for the Raspberry Pi. Unfortunately, to my dismay, it seems like it hasn't been updated for the 2. Is there any chance it would still work? ...

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