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Raspberry Pi on PC

Tue Jan 12, 2016 5:30 am

I have been searching in google for quite a long time, but couldnt find an answer. I have a useless HP computer that is sitting in the shelf collecting dust. Is it possible to install Raspbian on my PC? If so, pls tell me how.

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Re: Raspberry Pi on PC

Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:27 am

Unlikely because Raspbian is for the ARM cpu architecture while your HP computer is probably Intel x86. There are however many (hundreds) of Linux distributions for x86 that you could install. Try Debian (that Raspbian is based on) or Ubuntu (that is based on Debian) perhaps. If your HP machine is very old, there are a number of distributions available specially for low powered hardware.
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Re: Raspberry Pi on PC

Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:35 am

Rapsbian is basically Debian for the Pi. You could install Debian Jessie on your old PC and choose the LXDE desktop environment and you will be close to what Raspbian is like.

What you won't get is the GPIOs and any Raspberry Pi specific hardware/software, but you will be able to use Python, C and all the other languages and software.

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