Some great news for users and manufacturers: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is now certified for the Raspberry Pi!
Earlier this year Canonical has strengthened its support to the extremely successful single-Board computer, so this news, although welcome, is not something out of the ordinary!
But the company says that this move means:
“… users can flash 20.04 on your Raspberry Pi, knowing that Canonical guarantees it “just works” and will be able to use all the new features added with 20.04″.
It’s not just fancy marketing talk. Certification means that all Ubuntu images are thoroughly tested “before release we test it on each Pi in the lab Canonical”, – they add, – and if there is a critical vulnerability, Canonical commits to fix it in one day.
This helps to ensure that running Ubuntu on the Raspberry Pi is as secure and stable as on other platforms.
Now I should probably mention that when we’re talking about Ubuntu for Raspberry Pi, we don’t mean the desktop version. Although the Raspberry Pi 4 boasts a performance level of a desktop computer, the full version in Ubuntu is too big to be used on these fashionable devices.
But you can always start with Ubuntu Server.
Of course, the new tool Raspberry Pi Imager, released a few months ago, means that download and install Ubuntu (and many other distros) for use on the Raspberry Pi hardware has become even easier.
Like certified equipment, but want something with lots of bells and whistles? Then keep eyes (or your favorite touch body) from the first laptop officially certified for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, which will be announced in the near future.