Imperf3kt wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:12 pm
NOOBS has disadvantages such as
- difficulty in updating (especially when a new Pi is released)
- SD cards sold in kits that contain NOOBS is usually outdated and doesn't work with the Pi it's sold with, leading to a lot of angry first time customers.
- wasted storage space (it stores a copy of the OS/OS's as well as a recovery partition.)
- extra steps required to install on larger cards (not necessary with other methods)
And a huge range of other issues you'll see absolute boatloads of complaints / misunderstandings about littering the forum.
PINN fixes these disadvantages:
- PINN will self-update to account for new RPi models and new PINN features.
- PINN-LITE (like NOOBS-LITE) does not store the OS installation files on the SD card, but they can be installed from the internet or from a USB memory stick. The latest version only requires 128MB of SD card space.
- There is a PINN-lite image that can be flashed with Etcher, so it is no more difficult than installing an OS directly, avoiding the exFAT/FAT32 issues with larger cards.
- Many other NOOBS issues are fixed in PINN.
PINN also supports backup/restore/replace of most OSes, download of OS from internet to USB stick, password recovery, disk checking, remote or headless control (SSH/VNC), recovery shell, CEC control, more wifi dongles, etc. So PINN is a lot more advanced than NOOBS and can be used as a very useful OS administration/recovery tool.