Chapter 3. Other Operating Systems and Linux Distributions

The stock Raspbian operating system is great for general-purpose computing, but sometimes you may want to tailor the Pi to a specific purpose, like a standalone media center or guitar effects pedal. The Linux ecosystem is rich in software for every imaginable application. A number of folks have spent the time to bundle all the right software together so you don’t have to do it. This chapter will highlight just a few of the more specialized Linux distributions and other operating systems to get you started.

When talking about “Linux distributions,” we’re usually talking about three things together:

  • The Linux kernel and drivers

  • Preinstalled software for a particular application

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