Raspberry Pi OS (64-bit Buster) Installation

They “still recommend the 32 bit operating system for all Pis at this time, although have decided it is now time to begin the move toward a 64-bit OS. For the moment this is a ‘beta’ program, the OS is in heavy flux and its functionality is likely to change significantly over the next few months…”

Disadvantages:

  • Still beta, for how long? There is Ubuntu 64-bit, but I  just like Raspbian (Raspberry OS)
  • Almost nothing included, even repository is half full, half empty

Advantages:

  • Adventure!! You do not know what to expect!!
  • 64-bit system, so you have a chance to get newer/latest version of software (some developers/companies dropped support for 32-bit systems, for ex:
    – Visual Code
    – MongoDB
    etc.
  • I think it’s running faster
  • Overstep the limit of 4GB of the memory: Raspberry Pi 4 / 8GB

The one thing I would recommend for now, do not follow the link to download image. Just go:

https://downloads.raspberrypi.org/raspios_arm64/images/

You  should see more folders there, dig into the most recent, and download (click) .zip file with the image. Write the image on SD card, put into the slot, and start the system.

Source: Raspberry Pi OS (64 bit) beta test version – Raspberry Pi Forums

Raspberry OS: Add a printer

It’s just a part of “64-bit” project, to get as much as possible working/running on Pi 64-bit OS

To Add printer just install CUPS

sudo apt install cups

Add current user to the new group

sudo usermod -a -G lpadmin pi

The system has found my wi-fi connected Brother. If you want more, follow the link bellow.

Admin page, by default, is at:

http://localhost:631

Config file:

sudo nano /etc/cups/cupsd.conf

Source: Add a printer on your Raspberry Pi

Formatting an SDXC card for use with NOOBS

The standard formatting tools built into Windows are limited, as they only allow partitions up to 32GB to be formatted as FAT32, so to format a 64/128GB partition as FAT32 you need to use a third-party formatting tool.

A simple tool to do this is FAT32 Format which downloads as a single file named guiformat.exe – no installation is necessary.
GUI version does not work with more than one USB connected devices and SD card adapter is not the first one. I had to download command line version fat32format.exe

Run the SD Formatter tool first to ensure that any other partitions on the SD card are deleted. Then run the FAT32 Format (guiformat.exe) tool, ensure you choose the correct drive letter, leave the other options at their default settings, and click “Start”. After it has finished, you can proceed with the rest of the NOOBS instructions.

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