If you haven’t been able to get your Raspberry Pi 2 for a long time, I have a question for you. What do you think?
The latest edition of a pint-sized computer is just stunning . It’s faster, bolder and comes with a beefed up processor and double the RAM. Simply put, this is a significantly more capable machine. But you probably already knew this.
The iterative nature of hardware releases means that each new arrival is inevitably faster and more powerful than what preceded it, but often without any significant difference. But the Raspberry Pi 2 is radically different. It can do a lot more than what came before it.
Launch Windows 10 for IoT Core
Windows on the original Raspberry Pi was always really unlikely.
For starters, the humble Raspberry Pi could never hope to keep up with something as CPU and RAM intensive as Windows. Also, there’s a slight problem in that Windows isn’t going to run on ARM chips (not including Windows RT, which was never available for general purchase).
But that all changed with the release of the Raspberry Pi 2. The increase in RAM and processor power meant that it, finally, capable of more.
This version of Windows is ideal for those who want to create their own products. Internet of Things but much more comfortable in Microsoft’s gilded cage than out of it.
But don’t think it’s like the Windows you’re used to using on your laptop. This is not true . It has been stripped down in order to make it work on the comparatively limited Raspberry Pi 2 hardware. For example, it doesn’t support old-school desktop apps and doesn’t have an app store; you also can’t run universal apps unless they’re specifically designed to run on the Pi. But you can start building your own apps today!
Start Ubuntu Core
One of the main advantages of the Raspberry Pi was that it was incredibly cheap and therefore accessible to everyone. The reason it was available at such a low price is because it cut a lot of corners. One such compromise was to use a weaker, cheaper processor that uses the ARMv6 instruction set.
Each operating system must be specifically built to run on a specific chipset. Only a few have been built for this chipset, including (but not limited to) NOOBS, Raspbian, and Gentoo and Arch add-on products.
Ubuntu was not one of them. ARMv6 support ended with Karmic Koala (version 9:10), almost six years ago. But since the updated Raspberry Pi 2 runs the instruction set ARMv7 he, finally, can run Ubuntu.