If we get asked something frequently enough we’ll try and provide the answers here.

Do any of these images work on the Raspberry Pi 1 Model A, B or B+?

No. They only work on the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

Do any of these images work on the Raspberry Pi Zero?

No. They only work on the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

Do these images support the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B integrated Bluetooth and Wifi?


Are these images supported by Canonical or the Raspberry Pi Foundation?

No. These images are community made and unofficial, they are not supported by Canonical or the Raspberry Pi Foundation. That said, the Lubuntu and Ubuntu MATE teams are offering community support for their respective images. This is where you should seek assistance:

What are the default usernames and passwords?

The Ubuntu Server (minimal and standard) images have a default user provisioned. The credentials are:

  • Username: ubuntu
  • Password: ubuntu

OpenSSH is running by default so make sure you change the password using the passwd command.

The desktop images use a variant of oem-config and you will be prompted to create your own user account during the first boot.

How do I resize file system?

There are no utilities included for automatic file system re-sizing. However, it’s not hard to do manually. Once booted:

sudo fdisk /dev/mmcblk0

Delete the second partition (d, 2), then recreate it using the defaults (n, p, 2, enter, enter), then write and exit (w). Reboot the system, login, start a terminal and run the following:

sudo resize2fs /dev/mmcblk0p2

How do I get audio over HDMI?

If you’ve connected your Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 to a screen via HDMI and you can hear any audio, try editting /boot/config.txt, uncomment #hdmi_drive=2 and reboot.

What Ubuntu Flavours are currently supported?

The following Ubuntu flavours can be built by the Flavour Maker and work in an almost identical manner to their PC counterparts.

The following Ubuntu flavours can be built by the Flavour Maker and work with varying degress of success, this is due to the experimental nature VC4 OpenGL driver these desktops required:

As these Ubuntu flavour become stable on Raspberry Pi we’ll release images.

Why don’t the Ubuntu Server images have Predicatable Network Interface names?

To provide some similarity with Raspbian so that the built-in ethernet port on the Raspberry Pi 2 is correctly preconfigured as eth0 and uses DHCP to automatically assign an IP address.

If you wish to revert this edit /boot/cmdline.txt, remove net.ifnames=0 biosdevname=0 and reboot.

How do the Ubuntu Server minimal and standard images differ.

The Ubuntu Server minimal image is just that, an extremely cut down Ubuntu Server image built from the ubuntu-minimal meta-package. This image is intended for advanced users.

The Ubuntu Server standard image is similar to a typical Ubuntu Server and is built from the ubuntu-standard meta-package. It also includes the Raspberry Pi Python Stack, see below.

What the Raspberry Pi Python Stack consist of?

The following Python packages are installed by default for all images with the exception of the Ubuntu Server minimal image. A Raspberry Pi hacker expects to have these available ;-)

  • python-minimal python3-minimal
  • python-dev python3-dev
  • python-pip python3-pip
  • raspi-gpio
  • python-rpi.gpio python3-rpi.gpio
  • python-serial python3-serial
  • python-spidev python3-spidev
  • python-codebug-tether python3-codebug-tether
  • python-codebug-i2c-tether python3-codebug-i2c-tether
  • python-picamera python3-picamera
  • python-rtimulib python3-rtimulib
  • python-pil python3-pil
  • python-sense-hat python3-sense-hat
  • python-astropi python3-astropi
  • python-gpiozero python3-gpiozero
  • python-pygame

The Ubuntu MATE image also includes:

  • python-pexpect python3-pexpect
  • python-ptyprocess python3-ptyprocess
  • python-gobject-2 python-gobject
  • python-tk python3-tk
  • python-minecraftpi python3-minecraftpi
  • idle idle3

Why are these images only available for download via Torrent?

The Ubuntu MATE project learned that their Raspberry Pi 2 images were extremly popular and the cost of providing the bandwidth for direct downloads was very expensive. Therefore the Ubuntu Pi Flavour Maker images are only made available via torrent but a number of high bandwidth web seeds are maintained by the project and any download tips are used to pay the bills to keep them running.