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…”
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
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
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:
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
… remove card, burn image on USB drive, and get everything installed on it.
Change to default python3 version on Raspberry Pi OS:
sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python2.7 1
sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python3.7 2
# check the list
sudo update-alternatives --list python
# Change the default version
sudo update-alternatives --config python
There are 2 choices for the alternative python (providing /usr/bin/python).
Selection Path Priority Status
* 0 /usr/bin/python3.7 2 auto mode
1 /usr/bin/python2.7 1 manual mode
2 /usr/bin/python3.7 2 manual mode
Press <enter> to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:
# now Python 3 is default
Python 3.7.3 (default, Jul 25 2020, 13:03:44)
[GCC 8.3.0] on linux
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