Ubuntu Pi Flavour Maker is a spin off from the Raspberry Pi 2 initiative for Ubuntu MATE The basic idea is simple; make as many Ubuntu flavours for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 we can. Ubuntu Pi Flavour Maker is few shell scripts and a PPA.

These images are built from the regular Ubuntu armhf base, not the new Snappy Ubuntu, which means that the installation procedure for applications is the same as that for the regular desktop versions, ie using apt-get.

We have done what we can to optimise the builds for the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 but microSDHC I/O throughput is a bottleneck so we recommend that you use a Class 6 or Class 10 microSDHC card.

The first time you boot one of the desktop images it will run through a setup wizard where you can create your own user account and configure your regional settings. The first boot is quite slow, but once the first boot configuration is complete subsequent boots are much quicker.


Martin Wimpress presented Ubuntu Pi Flavour Maker at OggCamp 2015 and at the Ubuntu Online Summit 15.11. The video below, recorded during UOS 15.11, introduces the project, how it works, what help is requested and how to get involved.

The slides from this initial presentation are also available.

Get Involved

The Ubuntu Pi Flavour Maker project is hosted on Launchpad.

Frequently asked questions

There are some questions we are asked frequently so we’ve compiled a list of answers to the most common questions.