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For the pi-4 which should i use Ubuntu Mate or LinuxMint for desktop use

Raspberry Pi Asked by DoctorTnT on July 22, 2020

So as the question suggested I want to try different versions of Linux on my pi-4 but not sure if I should use Ubuntu MATE or Linux Mint on the pi-4. In addition I having a hard time finding images of either of them for the pi-4. Any links would be appreciated.

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If you are using RPi4 then install UBUNTU LTS 20.04 and configure the wifi. Then install MATE-Desktop. UBUNTU is a perfect choice for RPi4. For browsing you can use firefox. And you have the snap store on this OS too.

Answered by Sohan Arafat on July 22, 2020

Ive been using ubuntu on pi3b for longtime , smooth for what hardware will allow , image its pretty solid on pi4

Answered by Mike a on July 22, 2020

Year 2020. Ubuntu actual 64-bit OS, not like the raspbian, which is still only 32 bit. Download the server then you have three desktops you can choose to use in GUI. https://ubuntu.com/download/raspberry-pi

Answered by Dean De Witt on July 22, 2020

Even the 4GB Pi 4 Model B uses an ARM based chipset (CPU) which (to my knowledge) Linux Mint doesn't support (and I believe that includes Ubuntu, considering they're both closely related).

I don't know if it has to do with the Kernel or the desktop environment. I honestly THOUGHT the last Kernel update included ARM support, but ... However, (at least at the time of this entry) you do have nearly a dozen (all Debian based?) alternatives (at least ONE of which might be versatile enough to customize an allllmost Ubuntu or Mint-like feel). Best you can do for now... [Shrugs] Either that, or you could pick up a used laptop (or even an older quad core DESKTOP, if you don't need the mobility) for around the same price as a Pi 4 after a cooler and case, etc and Mint/Ubuntu would likely run fine, of course.

Answered by Darth Vader on July 22, 2020

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