The Raspberry Pi is the most popular and best-selling pocket-sized computer in the world. For just $35, we can get a device capable of meeting the needs of both domestic users (create a server, a multimedia center, a retro gaming console, etc.) and the business sector. However, besides power, one of the most important elements of this device is the OS.

The Raspberry Pi’s own manufacturers offer us a tool called NOOBS. Once it is saved on the device’s microSD card, it lets us choose the OS that we want to install, taking over any additional tasks like formatting and setting up the system.

These are the main OSs that NOOBS let us install right now:

  • Raspbian.
  • Ubuntu Mate.
  • Snappy Ubuntu Core.
  • Windows 10 IOT Core.
  • OSMC.
  • LibreELEC.
  • PiNET.
  • Risc OS.
  • Weather Station.
  • IchigoJam.

The arrival of this tool has made it easier for us to start using our Raspberry Pi. Up until now, we had to find and download the OS that we wanted to install. But as we can see, the options in terms of OSs are not enough.

Luckily, besides NOOBS, there are also other alternatives to easily set up the Raspberry Pi, and we will show them to you right now.

Other options besides NOOBS to install an OS on the Raspberry Pi

Another tool to install an OS on the Raspberry Pi is PINN. This tool is an improved version of NOOBS. Its simple interface, which is very similar to NOOBS’, allows us to easily install other OSs like Arch Linux, OpenELEC and Retropi, and up to 64 OSs that are not available in NOOBS.

A similar option is PiDrive Foundation Edition, which is developed by Western Digital. This tool’s main feature is that it allows us to install several OSs on an external hard drive connected to our Raspberry Pi by default, giving us more space to make the most out our pocket-sized computer and its OS.

Lastly, we cannot end this list without talking about BerryBoot. One of the greatest advantages of our Raspberry Pi is that we can always have several OSs ready. We just need to simply switch the microSD card for another in order to change the OS. However, given the price of current 32 GB and even 64 GB cards, a multi-boot system is also an interesting concept, and BerryBoot offers us the possibility of having a multi-boot system with several OSs.