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Ultimate guide to Raspberry Pi operating systems, part 2 | Network World

Ultimate guide to Raspberry Pi operating systems, part 2

motionEyeOS (which used to be called “motionPie”) is a Linux distribution that turns a single-board computer into a video surveillance system for video motion detection. The OS is based on BuildRoot and uses motion as a backend and motionEye for the frontend. It runs on Raspberry Pi, Banana Pi, Odroid C1 and Cubietruck.

PWN Pi is “a penetration testing distro for the the Raspberry Pi. It currently has 200 penetration and network security auditing tools. The latest version also now supports the 512 meg version of the pi.

PiPlay, formerly called PiMAME, is "a Raspberry Pi OS made for gaming and emulation ... [it] runs MAME, Neo Geo, and PlayStation games out of the box, and is constantly being updated with new emulators and tools. Included is a suite of software designed to reduce the complexity and time needed to setup a fully working system. An updater is included with the distribution.

i2pBerry is a Raspberry Pi distribution that comes preinstalled with the i2p darknet software. Once you write it to your SD card and boot it up you will be able to instantly connect to the i2p network.

OSMC (Open Source Media Center) is “a free and open source media player based on Linux and founded in 2014 that lets you play back media from your local network, attached storage and the Internet.

"PiBox Media Server is a purpose-specific implementation built on PiBox with a goal of providing a media server that can stream webcam video and as well as video files over SMB. This is accomplished by adding custom opkg installs on the base PiBox development platform.

RasPlex is “a complete port of Plex Home Theater (formerly Plex Media Center) for Raspberry Pi.

 NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Software) is not, as such, an operating system, but rather an installer for Raspbian as well as other distros, and it’s the recommended starting point for new users.

NetBSD is “a free, fast, secure, and highly portable Unix-like Open Source operating system. It is available for a wide range of platforms, from large-scale servers and powerful desktop systems to handheld and embedded devices.

“The Kano Kit [shipping March 2016] is a computer anyone can make. You build and code it yourself, with simple steps, like LEGO. It’s a fun way to make, play and express your creativity with technology – designed for young people and the young at heart.” The operating system, which is called both Kano OS and Kanux and which was designed for kids, is Debian-based and free.

For retro gaming fans there’s the Commodore Pi operating system: “The goal of this project is to develop a native Commodore 64 emulator and operating system for the Raspberry Pi

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