Introduction

Raspberry Pi 2

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Believe it or not, Raspberry Pi four years, and in his relatively short time has opened a new revolution in computing, which extends far beyond its original remit -., that help the development of basic education in computer science in schools

2015 was a particularly fertile year for Pi. Not only did the Raspberry Pi 2 join the quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM for less than £ 30 (about $ 45, AU $ 60) in February, but at the last iteration – P Zero – delivered a fully functional PC for under five.

There are several kernel-based operating systems, Linux, designed specifically for the Raspberry Pi. They include a fully featured Linux distributions, such as Raspbian, which offers a full-featured desktop environment and based on Debian, and even special distributions like RetroPie, which supports a large number of controllers and aimed at gaming fans. Plus there are many more besides …

In this article we’ll look at five of the most popular and the different distributions Raspberry Pi.

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Raspbian

Raspbian

Raspbian It is one of the oldest and most popular distributions for the main Raspberry Pi. Although it is developed independently, Raspberry Pi Foundation is also developing its own version of the recommended Raspbian, that can be installed using the installation noobs Fund.

The latest version is based on the ARM port of Debian distribution Jesse desktop, which enhances performance and provides greater flexibility as compared to the previous release whistling basis.

You will need a 4GB SD card for installation, and is loaded lightweight desktop environment LXDE. Here you will find thousands of software packages, including some pre-installed applications such as LibreOffice and Claws Mail.

version of Raspbian Fund also includes the official application store for Pee Pee-called the store where the application is optimized for Raspberry Pi

Minimum version -. Raspbian Jesse Lite -. also available

Pi MusicBox

Pi MusicBox

MusicBox Pi Raspberry Pi distribution transforms into the ultimate music oozing machine. The distribution is based on Mopidy music streaming server that can bring music from a variety of streaming services including Spotify, Google Play Music, and SoundCloud, as well as many Internet radio stations.

Pi MusicBox also can play music stored on SD Card or on any drive connected to Pi. You can also adjust the distribution to extract the music automatically mount shared folders on the network. In addition, the distribution can also be connected to any DLNA and AirPlay devices and can be controlled by any player that supports MPD.

RetroPie

RetroPie

If you’re a fan of classic gaming titles, grab a copy of the distribution RetroPie and move it to SD-card. The distribution can emulate dozens of classic video game consoles and home computers such as the Amiga, Amstrad, Atari 2600, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Game Boy, PlayStation 1 and more.

RetroPie also supports all types of game controllers on the cheap no-name USB to the efforts of the controllers for the PS3 and Xbox 360. It is loaded into the first station emulation program to configure the controller, and then allows you to choose the game from any of the supported emulators.

The only caveat is that you should get your own wheels. There are a few that can be legally downloaded for free, and you can even make your own out of old cartridge using the adapter as Retrode in conjunction with your Mac / PC.

  • For more information on how to use RetroPie, check out: How to turn your Raspberry Pi 2 Retro Games console.

OSMC

OSMC

One of the most popular species for Raspberry Pi as a dedicated Smart TV Box, sitting under your big-screen TV to give you access to all types of digital media, whether stored locally or posted on the site (for example, catch-up TV).

OSMC (Open Source Media Center) is based on the famous media center Cody, and it’s super easy to install too. Download, add your own media to his library and install add-ons that you want to add the functionality of the smart TV, then pair it with the remote application Cody for your phone Android, IOS or Windows, for an ideal media center experience.

OpenMediaVault

OpenMediaVault

Originally designed for the desktop, the OpenMediaVault (OMV) distribution has a specially tuned version of Raspberry Pi, which allows to use a small computer as a dedicated Network Attached Storage (NAS), the device.

Once it is up and running, you can configure and manage remotely through the distribution of its browser-based administrator. Attach USB drives and they will be automatically detected, plus you can manually add network storage, too.

For best performance, make sure you use a self-powered removable drives. You can use the drives connected to the NAS OMV individually or put them in an array of RAID. Distribution has ample opportunity to control other aspects of the advanced NAS too.