Other Ubuntu Alternatives for RPI3B+?


#1

So I’ve been waiting for Ubuntu Mate 18.04 to be released for RPI3B+ ever since 18.04 was launched. Now 8 months later, we’re not sure if this going to happen yet.

Are there any supported Ubuntu variants that have full support for RPI3B+? A simple search revealed nothing of the sort which is quite surprising given how prevalent the two platforms are (rpi3b+ & Ubuntu).


#2

It depends what you mean by ‘supported’. This is a term that I often read, but it makes little sense to me.

The ‘official’ server image can be easily adapted https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ARM/RaspberryPi#Booting_the_official_Pi_2_image_on_the_Pi_3B.2F3B.2B- . You just add on the desktop of your choice. Though it’s probably a good idea to remove the cloud-image packages as they can slow boot time.

If you want to start from a clean install with your own user account then use the mini iso. This is a bit more involved on the pi AArch64 on Raspberry Pi 2 (rev 1.2), 3B, 3B+ , but mostly it is just copying and pasting instructions and not difficult.

If the above is too hard, then I made a xubuntu-core armhf image AArch64 on Raspberry Pi 2 (rev 1.2), 3B, 3B+ . This works out of the box on pi 2, 3B, 3B+. All packages used are from the official ubuntu repos.

Hope that helps!


18.10 for raspberry pi
#3

Try 64-bit Debian using the MATE desktop. It is appropriate for anyone that uses Ubuntu MATE.


#4

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/18.04/beta/
In this link you can find official Ubuntu image. The default user password is “ubuntu” but you must change in the first boot. I did not try to install Mate desktop on it.


#5

Be aware of https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/bionic/+source/livecd-rootfs/+bug/1805668


#6

I’m not proposing to build anything. I recommend to use prebuild official images of Ubuntu 18.04.1


#7

And those prebuilt images are extremely buggy (see bug report). If they work it is by accident, not design.


#8

I’m comfortable been the guinea pig :hamster:… So I’ll try to add Mate desktop to the official pre-built image.