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AlmaLinux OS gets Raspberry Pi 5 support

AlmaLinux 9.4 supports Raspberry Pi 5 (Source: AlmaLinux OS)
AlmaLinux 9.4 supports Raspberry Pi 5 (Source: AlmaLinux OS)
The list of operating systems with full Raspberry Pi 5 compatibility has just welcomed a new name. CentOS-successor AlmaLinux OS now supports the popular single-board computer in two of its recent releases, namely 8.10 and 9.4. Both of these versions were released last month.

Although CentOS was discontinued two years ago, its legacy lives on. One of its successors is AlmaLinux OS, which was released at the end of March 2021. This community-supported enterprise operating system is binary-compatible with Red Hat Enterprise. Since yesterday, it officially supports the Raspberry Pi 5.

The latest AlmaLinux OS releases that now receive Raspberry Pi 5 support are 8.10 and 9.4, since both branches are supported. The images can be downloaded from the official website for those who want to enjoy a stylish Gnome desktop setup for general use, but AlmaLinux OS can also be deployed on the Raspberry Pi 5 in the shape of a versatile Linux server. The setup guide is available on this page.

Alongside the Raspberry Pi 5, AlmaLinux OS also supports the Pi 4 Model B, Pi 400, Pi 3 Model B+, and Pi 3 Model A+. The 32-bit Pis (ARMv6/ARMv7) and Pi 3 are not supported, but other ARMv8 Raspberry Pis are supposed to work, although they have not been tested by the AlmaLinux OS team yet. Those who have already installed it and are wondering about the default user name and password should try "almalinux" for both.

Those looking to get started with this single-board computer can currently grab the CanaKit Raspberry Pi 5 Starter Kit PRO - Turbine Black with 8/128 GB off Amazon for 6% off ($159.99 instead of $169.99).

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Codrut Nistor, 2024-06-12 (Update: 2024-06-12)