Raspberry Pi OSone of the most popular operating systems of the famous series of dev boards so appreciated by geeks around the world, is finally available also at 64 bit. This was announced through a post on the official blog by the Foundation itself, which is personally involved in the development of the operating system (formerly known as Raspbian). Of course you need a 64-bit processor to install it, which means compatibility is limited to:
The Foundation says the beta tests of the system, which as the old name suggests is based on Linux Debian, lasted all over the past year, and that now the time is ripe for a proper stable launch. There are several technical advantages in moving to 64-bit: in particular, it exceeds the limit of 4 GB of RAM memory. But the real leap forward is for app compatibility: nowadays a lot of software, even in a Linux environment, is developed only for 64-bit architectures, which are now the most popular – especially when it comes to closed-source software.
Over the past year, we’ve been trialling a beta of Raspberry Pi OS in glorious 64-bit. Now it’s time to open it up to a wider audience.https://t.co/taLMtYyEWg
– Raspberry Pi (@Raspberry_Pi) February 2, 2022
For some very specific (but very popular) use cases, 32 bits are still preferable. For example, the arm64 version of the browser installed by default, that is Chromium (the open-source version of Chrome, created and maintained by Google), does not support Widevine libraries and therefore it is not possible to play content from very famous streaming platforms such as Disney Plus, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.
Owners of a compatible Raspberry Pi should not automatically receive the upgrade to the 64-bit version of the operating system. To install and try it out, it’s enough head to the download page of the official website (just follow the SOURCE link below).