I’ve just put Ubuntu 20 desktop on my Raspberry Pi 4 2GB for a giggle. I was interested to see how it worked as I don’t actually have a Linux desktop available natively. All my Ubuntu Linux boxes are:
- command line.
- Some are still on 14.04 as my VPS host hasn’t updated to 18.xx command line, most are 18.xx though and
- all are virtualised.
So I had a spare Pi 4 (only 2GB) and thought I’d have a try.
Installation as normal for Ubuntu and Raspberry Pi was dead easy. I threw it all on a decent 32GB sim card. put a micro USB to HDMI cablle on it and a proper 2A PSU and it powered up straight away.
However 2GB might be enough for a server, but the desktop performance isn’t snappy.
Has anybody got any experience on whether it’s worth getting a 4GB or an 8GB pi for desktop usage? Would it be snappier? Looking at the system stats, it’s already swapping and that’s to an SD card (gulp). I could put a cheap SSD on the USB3 port and see if that improves things. I happen to have a 1TB SSD which is supposed to be going in my Mac when I get around to it, seems overkill but might be worth trying out for a day or two.
I’ll use the Pi for some Linux based UI development but really mostly for testing to see if Electron works as expected.
To be fair, it does work, it installed and recognised a UK keyboard, it also recognised by 1920x1200 DELL monitor with zero issues, older versions of PI software hated the fact it was 1200 high for some reason.
Any information welcomed, might just have a try for a few hours to see how it goes and can I improve things.