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EasyOS works on Raspberry Pi 3B with 1GB RAM

January 17, 2021 — BarryK

Well I'll be a monkey's uncle, I have created a better product than I realised. I plugged the EasyOS microSD card into my old Pi model 3B, with only 1GB RAM, and it booted, and everything works.

Well, everything after only a brief test. Connected to Internet automatically, because wifi was already setup when running on the Pi4. Was able to surf the Internet. I see the bluetooth applet in the tray, excellent, audio applet indicates working audio.

The only noticeable downside is very slow. Still quite usable though. SM started surprisingly fast.

At bootup, the 'init' script in the initrd sees that there isn't much RAM, so doesn't copy 'easy.sfs' to RAM, just mounts it where it is, on the SD-card. So that would be a major reason for slowness.

But, enough RAM is available for the desktop to load and SM to run -- though haven't tried to stress-rest with multiple tabs.

This is good news, so I can now specify this as the minimum Pi on which the new 64-bit Dunfell-series EasyOS will work.

Before I post this blog report, gotta try SM on YouTube... not surprisingly, 1080p is pretty broken up, but 720p seems OK, both video and sound.   

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