On the DVD

NOOBS 1.4.1 and COZY

NOOBS 1.4.1

NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Software) version 1.4.1 is an easy way to install operating systems on your Rasp Pi. The NOOBS installation manager offers the following operating systems:

Install from the DVD

  • Raspbian "wheezy" – Debian-based distribution recommended for beginning users, now with a cleaner, more attractive desktop.
  • Raspbian "Boot to Scratch" – A version of Raspbian that boots to the kid-friendly Scratch programming environment.

Network Installation (must be connected to the Internet)

  • Pidora – A Fedora remix optimized for the Raspberry Pi.
  • Arch Linux – A special version of the popular Arch Linux tailored for the Pi.
  • OpenELEC Pi1 and Pi2 – Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center is a Linux distribution for the ARMv6 (Pi1) and ARMv7 (Pi2) processors that turns your Raspberry Pi into a Kodi media center.
  • OSMC Pi1 and Pi2 – Formerly called Raspbmc, OSMC is another Kodi media center distro for your Raspberry Pi 1 or 2.
  • RISC OS – Not Linux, but a separate operating system that has been around since 1987 and traces its roots to some of the original developers of the ARM chip.

The Raspbian and Raspbian "Boot to Scratch" images are located on the SD card and can be installed without access to a network. Other options require a network connection for network-based installation.


Also on the disc is an image for Cozy (see the "Cozy Personal Cloud" article in this issue). Cozy [9] is a free and open source personal cloud that lets you sync your contacts, files, calendars, and other information between home-bound computers and mobile devices – without the risk of exposing your data on a commercial cloud site. After unzipping the file on the disc, burn the Cozy .img file to a formatted SD card as you would any other operating system image for the Raspberry Pi  [10].

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