Why does Arch Linux support the ARM-based Raspberry Pi 2?
Posted August 15, 2018 07:18:56 In case you’ve missed it, we’ve been teasing Arch Linux’s Raspberry Pi 3 based on the ARM Cortex-A53 processor.
While the Raspberry Pi Zero’s ARM-powered successor is available today, Raspberry Pi fans have been waiting for a new ARM-compatible device since the original Raspberry Pi was released in 2017.
So what’s different about the Raspberry PC’s latest model?
For starters, the Raspberry Zero’s processor is based on a new 64-bit architecture called Cortex-M4.
With 64-bits available on ARMv8-A and Cortex-G, the Pi 2 is now the fastest ARM processor on the market, beating the Raspberry PI Zero’s 28-bit ARM Cortex A57 CPU.
It also offers support for up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
While it’s not as powerful as the RaspberryPi Zero, the Raspi 2 does offer more storage and can run a range of more powerful Linux distributions, like Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, Arch, etc. The Raspberry Pi’s 32-bit CPU is still capable of doing some serious work, too.
It can run the Raspberry Pis Lite, Raspicoms Desktop, and Raspberry Pi Pi 2 Lite.
As with the Raspberry Model B, the ARM CPU can do more in the cloud, but the Raspberry B is still an excellent choice for building your own cloud-based servers and IoT devices.
ARM-Based Devices are still a niche market for the Raspberry model B, but with a solid foundation of support, there’s a lot of potential for the future of the ARM platform.