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4 operating systems focused on IoT for Raspberry Pi 4

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Many people when purchasing the Raspberry Pi 4, are in doubt about which operating system to install. The main features that users most desire are a versatile and reliable environment, that it is possible to change themes, install programs and perform various tasks with ease, in a fluid way. For this we will indicate some alternatives in this article to facilitate the choice of the OS that best fits your needs.

The Raspberry Pi is a cheap and versatile computer

The Raspberry Pi is a cheap and versatile computer, allowing you to carry out different types of applications. One of the most outstanding, the application of DIY projects in IoT (Internet of Things or Internet of Things), being possible to use it in conjunction with smart cameras, with drones, smart garage doors, magic morrors (magic mirrors) and a lot more. To be able to work with them, just download NOOBS and use it to install the operating system of your choice on the Raspberry Pi.

Check out the list of operating systems below that was designed with current device support and future needs in mind.

1 – Raspbian OS

As the official operating system supported by Raspberry Pi, Raspbian, based on Debian, has full compatibility with the latest version of the "raspberry" computer, the Raspberry Pi 4. Its very simple installation using NOOBS on a micro SD card. The OS has native support for the main programming languages ??currently used, such as Python, Java and Sonic Pi, which are useful for IoT project applications.

Raspbian OS. Source: edivaldobritoRaspbian OS. Source: edivaldobrito

If it is essential for you to have stability and performance in your IoT project, the best choice will probably be Raspbian OS, at least to start to sketch ideas better. It is a highly recommended system for beginners who are getting deeper into this new form of technology.

2 – Manjaro XFCE

If you are looking for a fast and friendly OS to use on the Raspberry Pri, Manjaro has a good chance of being your choice. In addition to being the first operating system to offer a test version for the Raspberry Pi 4, it made detailed information available for download. However, not everything is flowers, and there is a certain limitation caused by the system.

Manjaro XFCE Source: iottechtrendsManjaro XFCE Source: iottechtrends

The version of Manjaro, for the Raspberry Pi 4, has a reading limitation of only 3GB of RAM. However, even with this "obstacle", it is likely that for the vast majority of users it will be enough to carry out the necessary operations.

The interface of this operating system is elegant and pleasing to the eye. It is very likely that it will also appeal to users of Raspbian OS, at least for those who like a beautiful OS.

The Kali Linux operating system is a third-party distribution that immediately confirmed support for the Raspberry Pi 4. Its developer, Offensive Security, even went so far as to say that it loves the device. If you have had security and penetration issues with your IoT project, Kali would be an interesting choice.

Kali Linux Source: iottechtrendsKali Linux. Source: iottechtrends

So far, Kali only supports 32-bit on the Raspberry Pi, but it is likely that they will soon make the 64-bit version available as well. Your download and installation requirements are not of concern for the Raspberry Pi hardware.

4 – Arch Linux

The ARM-based version of the Arch Linux operating system is well tuned on the Raspberry Pi 4. There is a detailed installation guide here and the boot is very simple to do. Simply place the micro SD card in the Raspberry, connect a power supply, connect to a monitor, and you will be ready to start it.

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Honorable Menes

Some operating systems have not had a formal announcement of their support for the Raspberry Pi 4, such as RISC OS, Ubuntu Mate and OSMC. It is important to note that with this, it has not been confirmed whether these OSs really have full compatibility with the device, however it is known that they are compatible with version 3 of the Raspberry.


The choice of an operating system for the Raspberry Pi revolves around reliability and popularity. At the moment, Windows 10, developed by Microsoft, is not recommended for the development of IoT projects on the device.

Comment below and share with us about your experience with the operating systems you had on the Raspberry Pi 4.

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