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List of best non-Linux operating systems for Raspberry Pi

Not everyone enjoys the Linux operating system. The majority of people are comfortable working with non-Linux operating systems. Although Linux has its own perks, there are many who have worked on Linux and are willing to change their operating systems because they find Linux difficult to work on.

So, is it possible to work on a Raspberry Pi without a Linux operating system? Yes, the answer is yes. This article will show you some of the best non-Linux Raspberry Pi operating systems. So, let’s begin by discussing the features of each operating system.

1.  Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi

Windows 10 has emerged as one of the best non-Linux operating systems, capable of running on the Raspberry Pi 3B and 3B+. The Windows On ARM (WOA) deployer introduced Windows 10 to the Raspberry Pi users. WOA is a kind of operating system which allows you to install a functional version of Windows 10 on the ARM architecture of Raspberry Pi, but for that purpose, you need some technical knowledge to configure the operating system on the device. The Windows 10 can also be installed through the Raspberry Pi Imager if you really want to install it choose the one which best fits you.

It is entirely up to you which of the tools you wish to use to get Window 10 on Raspberry Pi. If you are more comfortable with configuration options, use the Windows on Raspberry Pi manager. If you intend to work outside the box, WOA Deployer is the better option.

2. Windows 10 IoT Core

Microsoft’s Windows developers think outside the box by releasing a more functional version of Windows. Windows 10 IoT Core is basically the similar version of Windows 10 that can easily run on ARM based operating systems. It is something that people will remember for years to come, and it is ideal for those working on IoT projects. It is compatible with all Raspberry Pi versions and is especially suited for smaller devices that run on the Raspberry Pi.

3. NetBSD

If you are looking for a free and open-source operating system, then you should try NetBSD. It was the first open-source BSD OS that was released immediately following the release of the 386BSD fork. It has been around for a while, and the developers are constantly striving to improve it with each passing year. NetBSD is one of the safest options for Raspberry Pi because it supports a wide range of apps and tools. Its excellent code quality simplifies your life.

4. OpenBSD

It’s a free and an open-source operating system that provides you with a secure working experience. Many believe that it provides the most secure server operating system. It was created by Theo de Raadt in 1995. It’s a good alternative to NetBSD, which itself is a handy non-Linux operating system for the Raspberry Pi.

5. Risc Operating System

Risc is yet another excellent addition to the list of the best non-linux operating systems and is an ideal choice for the Raspberry Pi users. It was created in 1980 in Cambridge, the same city where the Raspberry Pi foundation is based. Its interface is pretty quick and simple for the user, which adds to its value. If you love programming and want to start it then this operating system is good to give it a go. Don’t be fooled by its age; it offers useful apps and excellent documentation that will aid you in your projects.

6. Android

Nowadays, most people are interested in Android operating systems, and you will be happy to know that you can run an Android operating system on a Raspberry Pi. While Android runs on the Linux kernel, the jury is still out on how it will be distributed. The majority of people agree that it belongs in the category of Linux distributions. In terms of features, having an Android on your Raspberry Pi will give you access to the Google Play store, where you can easily install and run various applications.

7. Chromium OS

Chromium OS is another good option to try for the Raspberry Pi, which is an open-source OS that relies heavily on the Linux kernel. Different versions of Chromium OS are introduced, and the best version you will find on the internet is FydeOS. If you really want a good non-Linux operating system, you should go for FydeOS.

Conclusion

Everyone requires a change. I know you’re tired of using the Linux operating system on the Raspberry Pi. Your preferences have shifted, and you are looking for something new. Let’s give these non-linux operating systems a try and they will surely enjoy a user-friendly experience. Don’t choose all of them because they won’t work for you. Choose your operating system which best fits for your Raspberry Pi. There are other options, but these are the most lightweight alternative operating systems for Raspberry Pi users.

About the author

Awais Khan

I'm an Engineer and an academic researcher by profession. My interest for Raspberry Pi, embedded systems and blogging has brought me here to share my knowledge with others.