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bomblord
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Stable 64 bit (arm v8) Raspbian buster on pi 4?

Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:07 am

I've been doing a lot of googling on this (and also some searching on this forum which discussion regarding that topic is, I'm sorry, a bit esoteric and hard to follow) just curious if there's anyway to properly run a 64 bit armv8 distribution of Raspbian Buster.

I have a few pieces of software I'm interested in running and they have Arm Linux support but require a 64 bit userspace and armv8 as a minimum to even open. With the announcement of the pi 4 and the promise of an Arm Cortex V8 CPU I was hoping of running them finally. Seeing as the hardware is fully compliant I don't understand why I would need to be forced to run a 32 bit armv7l OS but the only official Raspbian downloads are set up like that. I have no issue with diving in and tweaking some stuff to get it to work but don't want the basic desktop programs I use to break or otherwise no longer work properly (Chromium, Firefox esr, office suite, etc). I'm also absolutely fine with just throwing another OS on an extra SD card but AFAIK there isn't a single stable 64 bit OS for the pi 4 yet.

If anyone could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.
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Re: Stable 64 bit (arm v8) Raspbian buster on pi 4?

Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:46 am

Not yet, you might have to wait.
And it probably won't be RPF's Raspbian Buster as the first 64bit Pi4 OS.

Keep your eye on this Gentoo forum.
https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=54

Sakaki has already shown some pics of a prerelease version for the Pi4.
But the Pi4 does not USB or Net boot, those are probably 2 months away.

If you don't want to wait.
https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/view ... 4#p1495021
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Re: Stable 64 bit (arm v8) Raspbian buster on pi 4?

Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:58 am

The RPF support a number of Raspberry Pi models, some of which are 32-bits only (ARMv6 in the case of the Pi Zero).
Only the later Pi2, the Pi3, and the new Pi4 are ARMv8 and 64-bit capable.

One official OS is supplied that works for all Pi models, and that's cheaper than maintaining two distro's.

Third party 64-bit distro's were available for the Pi3, and presumably will be released for the Pi4 soon.

I agree its shame, because Raspbian is so very good.

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bomblord
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Re: Stable 64 bit (arm v8) Raspbian buster on pi 4?

Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:24 pm

Gavinmc42 wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:46 am
Not yet, you might have to wait.
And it probably won't be RPF's Raspbian Buster as the first 64bit Pi4 OS.

Keep your eye on this Gentoo forum.
https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=54

Sakaki has already shown some pics of a prerelease version for the Pi4.
But the Pi4 does not USB or Net boot, those are probably 2 months away.

If you don't want to wait.
https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/view ... 4#p1495021
jahboater wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:58 am
The RPF support a number of Raspberry Pi models, some of which are 32-bits only (ARMv6 in the case of the Pi Zero).
Only the later Pi2, the Pi3, and the new Pi4 are ARMv8 and 64-bit capable.

One official OS is supplied that works for all Pi models, and that's cheaper than maintaining two distro's.

Third party 64-bit distro's were available for the Pi3, and presumably will be released for the Pi4 soon.

I agree its shame, because Raspbian is so very good.


Thank you, I'll keep an eye out on these things!

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