64-bit Raspberry Pi operating system out of beta

On February 2, 2022, the Raspberry Pi Foundation released the first version of the 64-bit Raspberry Pi operating system. Previously, this version of the Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 4 microcomputer operating systems was beta tested, and only the 32-bit version was provided to users as a stable version.

The developer explained that the 64-bit Raspberry Pi operating system supports not only the Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 4, but also the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 microcomputer, which will be released in October 2021, and all hardware capabilities based on the Raspberry Pi 400. Raspberry Pi 4.

The new stable Raspberry Pi OS release fully supports the ARMv8-A architecture, which includes the 64-bit AArch64 architecture and its associated A64 instruction set. The developers explained that users will now have more options with the Raspberry Pi, as many closed-source applications are only available for arm64, and open-source applications are not fully optimized for the armhf port. The 64-bit Raspberry Pi OS is also recommended for installation on the 8 GB Raspberry Pi 4 model. Previously, the Raspberry Pi Foundation for the device provided adaptations using 64-bit versions of third-party operating systems, including Ubuntu and Gentoo.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has committed to continue supporting and releasing updates to the 32-bit Raspbian platform to ensure maximum compatibility between devices and avoid issues with customer distribution.

In October 2021, Raspberry Pi 4 developers announced that the microcomputer now supports version 1.1 of the Vulkan cross-platform 2D and 3D graphics API. The necessary additions and changes in the v3dv driver have been made to the main Mesa project and are included in the Raspberry Pi OS distribution.

In July 2020, experts published instructions on how to install Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 4. Additionally, they tested some third-party programs (GIMP photo editor, Arduino IDE, and Python 3.8) on ARM microcomputers and the latest versions of Windows. Additionally, hobbyists will be able to install Steam on the Raspberry Pi 4 and run some games on it.

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