Ubuntu 20.10 is the first desktop version of Ubuntu that is now supported by Raspberry Pi. Other versions of Ubuntu have also been released for the popular single-board computer over the years, but they have been removed, sanded, or replaced with non-GUI versions such as Ubuntu Core, Ubuntu Server, etc.
But not for long.
Starting with the latest release, Raspberry Pi models with 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM can run on the desktop version of Ubuntu 20.10. Yes, you heard right, Groovy Gorilla supports a full desktop version!
Raspberry Pi 4 models with 4GB and 8GB of RAM can run on Ubuntu 20.10 desktop
Groovy is just the first step forward towards a larger goal: the release of Ubuntu LTS on the Raspberry Pi, as Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi, says:
“From a classic Raspberry Pi board to an industrial-grade computing module, this is the first step towards a version with long-term support and security updates for Ubuntu LTS on the Raspberry Pi that lives up to our promises to expand access to the very best open source computing boards.”
There’s even a special version of the desktop wallpaper to celebrate the occasion:
Of course, not everyone wants or needs a GUI. Therefore, the Ubuntu 20.10 builds for the Raspberry Pi are available for both desktop computers and servers to meet the needs of developers to run micro clouds, solve robotics problems, the Internet of Things (IoT), and much more.
“In this release, we celebrate the promise of the Raspberry Pi creators to put open computing in the hands of people around the world,” said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical.
“We are honored to support this initiative by optimizing Ubuntu for the Raspberry Pi, whether for personal use, educational purposes, or as a foundation for their next business.”
Download links for Ubuntu 20.10 for Raspberry Pi 4 will be available at ubuntu.com/raspberry-pi; and also in the Raspberry Pi imager app.
You can also download the image directly from the link below.
If you’re interested in learning more about what Ubuntu can do on the Raspberry Pi, you can tune in for a special live stream on October 23 at 5 p.m. on YouTube. Presenters are Martin Wimpress and Rhys Davies, Raspberry Pi Product Manager.