Raspberry Pi OS

4.8
Overall rating
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4.8
Overall rating
Reviews

About Raspberry Pi OS

Raspberry Pi OS is an operating system designed to help professionals access pre-compiled software bundles on Raspberry Pi hardware. The platform supports deployments on several devices including laptops and desktops. Individuals can utilize the Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) to apply updates to Raspberry Pi OS. The system includes multiple applications such as media players, cameras and more to optimize performance and productivity. Additionally, the Raspberry Pi Imager enables professionals to install the operating system on a microSD card for use with Raspberry Pi hardware. Raspberry Pi OS is available for free and support is extended via documentation, forums, FAQs and other online measures.
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Raspberry Pi OS pricing

Raspberry Pi OS has a free version and does not offer a free trial.

Starting Price:
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Free Version:
Yes
Free trial:
No

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Raspberry Pi OS Reviews

Feature rating

Value for Money
4.8
Functionality
4.6
Ease of Use
4.6
Customer Support
3.9
5 reviews of 16 View all reviews
Nabin
Nabin
  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
5
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
0

5
Reviewed on 21/8/2021

Debian based official OS for Raspberry Pi computers

Raspberry PI OS has made it possible to develop low-cost computers and IoT devices.

Pros

With Raspberry Pi OS it is possible to develop extremely light and affordable computers and IoT devices. It is best suited for developers and hobbyists. It is a dedicated OS for ARM processors and supports hardware rendering. It is free and supported by the Raspberry Pi foundation with a wide range of official boards to meet any kind of commercial project needs.

Cons

Still immature for enterprise-level implementation. Cannot be used for heavy computing. A hardware upgrade is not possible.

Verified Reviewer
  • Industry: Automotive
  • Company size: 1,001–5,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
4
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
4

4
Reviewed on 5/5/2022

Rapberry Pi an on a budget solution for scalable projects.

Very helpful and low budget to implement prototypes on IoT projects and low edge computing for IA.

Pros

The way you have back up support from all the community over the world implementing projects similar to the one you might start.

Cons

The user interface is still very command line based, given that is Linux based OS is understandable, nevertheless it needs to get better.

Alternatives Considered

Windows 10

Reasons for Choosing Raspberry Pi OS

The Azure IoT central is expensive to deploy for IoT solutions than the capabilities that Raspbian can provide given the flexibility.

Reasons for Switching to Raspberry Pi OS

The flexibility and compatibility for the Raspberry pi, versus the expensive cost to purchase a PC to integrate to industrial process in acquiring data.
Maha
  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
4
Features
4
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
4

4
Reviewed on 31/8/2023

Raspberry Pi OS: Controlling Raspberry Pi I/O using Python

Very good experience with the Pi as a controller for external machinery. I even used it in developing my microprocessor design courses for testing automation and interfacing applications.

Pros

We tested Raspberry Pi OS in developing control software for Raspberry Pi 3B+ controllers. The configuration simply consists of connecting relay switches to the output ports of the Raspberry Pi to automate the on/off switching of electrical machinery. The programming language we used is Python which had all the libraries needed to control the I/O ports on the Raspberry Pi. Moreover we developed simple Web Server code on the Raspberry Pi to provide a Web user interface to the device management. Very easy to use and develop to produce real-world control applications. Would like to upgrade to Raspberry Pi 4 which promises better energy efficiency (this is a major problem I faced with task intensive processing on the Pi.

Cons

Data as well as processing intensive operations produce a lot of heat on the Raspberry Pi. This is definitely not an issue with the OS but an architectural issue. It would be nice to upgrade and inspect with Raspberry Pi 4 as it promises better energy management. It would be great to test some machine learning training or image processing on the Pi and see how it goes in terms of energy consumption and heat dissipation.

Gavin
  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
5
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
5

5
Reviewed on 11/11/2021

Raspberry Pi OS up there with the best now

Pros

For integrated systems we often use Raspberry Pi's and the Raspberry Pi OS just makes everything easy, no messing with terminal or fiddly setups, it just works and it's reliable. Bullseye has just been released and is even better.

Cons

Raspberry Pi OS can be fiddly to get up and running and certain things, even available in Debian, just aren't available.

Alternatives Considered

Windows 10

Reasons for Switching to Raspberry Pi OS

The alternative is Windows which costs so much more or Unix which takes a lot longer to get up and running.
Wil
  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
5
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
0

5
Reviewed on 7/10/2021

Great for learning and small IT projects

Great software and hardware

Pros

Great for learning to code and being able to design little IT projects, cheap

Cons

Be nice to offer a lighter gui option for the purchase zero, but overall the software is great

Alternatives Considered

Ubuntu

Reasons for Switching to Raspberry Pi OS

Official support better performance

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