The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released an experimental version of its Linux-based Pixel operating system for Windows and Mac PCs. It is part of the foundation’s intention that the Raspberry Pi should be a full-featured desktop computer with a $35 price tag. Pixel originally designed to run only on the Raspberry Pi board. It now features Chromium web browser as well as a set of productivity and coding software.
Built on top of Debian, the OS is light enough to run most old machines, provided you’ve at least 512MB of RAM. ‘Because we are using the venerable i386 architecture variant it should run even on vintage machines like my ThinkPad X40 ,’ Upton said.
It’s easy to try out, but Upton urges you back up machines that may have valuable data. After downloading image, you burn it either to a USB stick or DVD, then enable booting of those devices. You can normally do that by just tweaking your PC’s BIOS or by holding the ‘C’ key down when you boot up a Mac.
Those who want to take the experimental OS for a spin are advised by Upton to back up their PCs if they have important data on it. Once OS image has been downloaded, prospective users can burn it on a DVD or a bootable USB drive. That is all they need to do to get the OS up and running on an old PC.
As mentioned, the Pixel OS is still in the experimental stages, and does not run on all machines. On his own modern Mac, Upton said, ‘the machine fails to identify image as bootable.’ They will be releasing more updates going forward, but if you are interested in giving it a try, you can hit announce post to find it.