Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!


+ 1

+ 1
Add tool

Linux vs Raspbian: What are the differences?


Linux and Raspbian are both operating systems based on the Linux kernel. While Linux is a generic term referring to various distributions, Raspbian is specifically designed for the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. Although they share similarities, there are key differences that set them apart.

  1. Hardware Compatibility: Raspbian is optimized to run on Raspberry Pi hardware, providing better compatibility and support for various peripherals. Linux, on the other hand, can run on a wide range of devices, including computers, servers, and mobile devices, offering more versatile hardware compatibility options.

  2. Package Management: Raspbian utilizes the APT (Advanced Package Tool) package manager and includes the apt-get command for software installation and updates, making it straightforward for users to manage packages and dependencies. While Linux also supports APT, other package managers like yum, dnf, and pacman are commonly used, offering different package management approaches.

  3. Default Software: Raspbian comes pre-loaded with software specifically tailored for the Raspberry Pi. It includes the Chromium web browser, Python programming language, Scratch visual programming language, and Sonic Pi music synthesizer, among others. Linux distributions, on the other hand, typically provide a wider range of software options and allow users to choose which packages to install during the setup process.

  4. User Interface: Raspbian uses the PIXEL (Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight) desktop environment, which is designed to be user-friendly and lightweight. It offers a familiar desktop experience similar to traditional operating systems. Linux distributions, however, provide a variety of desktop environments like GNOME, KDE, XFCE, and more, allowing users to customize their interface according to their preference.

  5. Community Support: Linux has a large and active community of users and developers, making it easy to find support, tutorials, and resources for various distributions. Raspbian, being a specific distribution for Raspberry Pi, benefits from its own dedicated community, providing targeted support and resources for Raspberry Pi users.

  6. Security Updates: While both Linux and Raspbian regularly receive security updates, Raspbian focuses on providing timely updates specifically tailored for the Raspberry Pi, ensuring the security of the device and its supported hardware. Linux, being a broader term, receives updates for a wide range of hardware and software configurations.

In summary, key differences between Linux and Raspbian include hardware compatibility, package management, default software, user interface options, community support, and security updates tailored for Raspberry Pi.

Decisions about Linux and Raspbian
Jennifer Briston

Netdata introduces Linux eBPF (Extended Berkeley Packet Filter) monitoring. With this enabled, monitor real-time metrics of Linux kernel functions and actions from the very same monitoring and troubleshooting dashboard used for watching entire systems, or even entire infrastructures.

This collector uses eBPF to monitor system calls inside your operating system’s kernel. For now, the main goal of this plugin is to monitor IO and process management on the host where it is running.

See more
Justin Dorfman
Open Source Program Manager at Reblaze · | 1 upvote · 82.1K views

If you have a file (demo.txt) that has 3 columns:

Column-1    Column-2    Column-3
Row-1a      Row-2a      Row-3a         
Row-1b      Row-2b      Row-3b
Row-1c      Row-2c      Row-3c
Row-1d      Row-2d      Row-3d
Row-1e      Row-2e      Row-3e

and you want to only view the first column of the file in your CLI, run the following:

awk {'print $1'} demo.txt


If you want to print the second column of demo.txt, just replace $1 with $2

See more
Get Advice from developers at your company using StackShare Enterprise. Sign up for StackShare Enterprise.
Learn More
Pros of Linux
Pros of Raspbian
  • 17
    Open Source
  • 11
  • 8
  • 5
  • 7
    Runs well on rpi
  • 2
    Easy to use with little experience
  • 1
    Very Lightweight

Sign up to add or upvote prosMake informed product decisions

Cons of Linux
Cons of Raspbian
    Be the first to leave a con
    • 4
      Desktop enviroment is unstable
    • 1
      Uses ARMHF architecture, not commonly supported

    Sign up to add or upvote consMake informed product decisions

    What is Linux?

    A clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliance.

    What is Raspbian?

    It is optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware. It provides more than a pure OS: it comes with over 35,000 packages, pre-compiled software bundled in a nice format for easy installation on your Raspberry Pi.

    Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

    What companies use Linux?
    What companies use Raspbian?
    See which teams inside your own company are using Linux or Raspbian.
    Sign up for StackShare EnterpriseLearn More

    Sign up to get full access to all the companiesMake informed product decisions

    What tools integrate with Linux?
    What tools integrate with Raspbian?

    Sign up to get full access to all the tool integrationsMake informed product decisions

    Blog Posts

    Dec 8 2020 at 5:50PM


    May 21 2020 at 12:02AM

    Rancher Labs

    KubernetesAmazon EC2Grafana+12
    What are some alternatives to Linux and Raspbian?
    Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
    Arch Linux
    A lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.
    Android SDK
    Android provides a rich application framework that allows you to build innovative apps and games for mobile devices in a Java language environment.
    Windows 10
    It is the latest iteration of the Microsoft operating systems and has been optimized for home PC performance in a wide variety of applications from serious work to after-hours gaming.
    A series of personal computer operating systems produced by Microsoft as part of its Windows NT family of operating systems.
    See all alternatives