Installation on Raspberry Pi

System Requirements

Ultramarine Linux supports the Raspberry Pi 3 and 4. Please see the Anywhere page for more information.

Selecting a Drive

The drive you use deeply affects the experience you will have on Ultramarine.

Raspberry Pi 3

Raspberry Pi 3 supports only microSD cards. Your microSD card must be 9GB or larger, but we suggest 16GB or more so you’ll have some space for software.

You should also look for a class 10 SDHC or SDXC microSD.

Raspberry Pi 4 and 400

Raspberry Pi 4 supports microSD cards and USB storage. Your storage device must be 9GB or larger, but we suggest 16GB or more so you’ll have some space for software.

The best experience will be with a SATA SSD connected over an adapter. A USB 3.0 flash drive will be slightly better to on-par with a nice microSD card. All of the options are good, it’s up to your needs.

Flashing the Image

Grab a USB stick! Use a flasher program to flash Ultramarine to your storage device. balenaEtcher is an easy cross-platform choice.

Simply select the raw.xz file (you don’t need to decompress it), the device you’re using, and click flash.

You can also use the Disks application on Flagship, Xfce, and GNOME editions.

Ultramarine will be available in Raspberry Pi Imager and the Network Install feature in the near furure.

First Boot

On first boot, the root file system will automatically be expanded, you’ll be prompted with a user creation screen. Create your user and you’ll be ready to go!

That’s it! You’re ready to enjoy Ultramarine on your Raspberry Pi! We’re working hard on making the experience better so stay tuned!