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, USB drive (using for ex: win32diskimager), put into the slot, since Sep 2020 Raspberry Pi 4 can boot directly from USB without SD card –  and start the system. Just install OS on ANY (small, slow, etc.) card, change the settings running

raspi-config

… remove card, burn image on USB drive, and get everything installed on it.

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

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