On Thursday, in addition to releasing the new 8GB Raspberry Pi 4, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that it was changing the name of its official operating system from “Raspbian” to “Raspberry Pi OS.” For Pi fans who’ve been using (and writing about) the operating system for years, this is a fairly consequential change, but not one without justification.The organization that develops and sells Raspberry Pi hardware will now support two different types of its first-party operating system, the traditional 32-bit variety that was formerly known as Raspbian and a new, 64-bit one that looks the same but enables you to use 64-bit apps that can consume more than 4GB of RAM. Both platforms will be named Raspberry Pi OS, just as Microsoft, which has both 32 and 64-bit OSes, calls both of its products Windows 10.So why not just name the 64-bit operating system Raspbian (64-bit)? The answer lies in the history of Raspbian and the people behind it. First developed in 2012, the year that the original Raspberry Pi launched, Raspbian is a 32-bit fork of Debian Linux that’s optimized for the Pi, especially the BCM2835 ARMv6 processor that powers the Raspberry 1 and Raspberry Pi Zero.Raspbian is… Read full this story
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