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Getting Start with Raspberry Pi 3 and Install Ubuntu mate in Raspberry Pi


Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer that can be plugged into your TV via HDMI cable or via PAL port and a keyboard. It’s a tiny computer that can be used in electronics projects. It contains many features on the desktop, such as spreadsheets, word processing, browsing the Internet, python programming, shell programming, java programming and playing games. It also plays HD video. So that mean huge things may appear in the smallest package.

Raspberry Pi 3 is no exception just because if we talk about single board and cheap computer so Raspberry Pi come very first in our mind. So, this is how I ordered Raspberry Pi and just received my Raspberry Pi 3 a few weeks ago and spent a lot of time. Given its size and cost, the hardware is decent enough (see my full RPi 3 review So then you can get to know how to get started with NOOB Raspberry pi 3). After the Noob, I tried several operating systems and chose the best Ubuntu mate for Best UI Environment.

You can also use it as a desktop, but if you come from a dual-core system with more than 8GB of memory, then the experience will not be good. However, it can be a very useful tool for children to learn to calculate or own their “expensive” personal computers. The fact is that more adults use this device than their children and they are doing amazing things.

The good news is that this upgraded hardware is powerful enough to do many things for you. If you are planning to order a Pi, or if you just received a Pi and would like to know what to do with it, this article will provide you much-needed help.

Why Ubuntu Mate for Raspberry pi 3?

Ubuntu MATE is an excellent computer operating system, especially those with limited hardware capabilities. This quality also makes it suitable for Raspberry Pi 2 and 3. You can download Raspberry Pi’s Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 LTS image from the Ubuntu MATE website, write it on the micro SD card and install it without any hassle. Many of you may know the most popular Linux distribution Ubuntu has many official flavours, including Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Budgie, Kubuntu, Xubuntu and many more. These Ubuntu flavours load different desktop environments and packages.

As its name implies, Ubuntu MATE with MATE desktop environment. MATE is a continuation of solid GNOME 2. With its compelling look and intuitive design, this actively developed desktop environment scored high on the list of Linux best desktop environments.

Collect Hardware Requirement

For this project, you will need the following hardware for so then you can easily install Ubuntu on it,

Raspberry Pi 3 (Buy Amazon)

Raspberry Pi 3 case (Buy Amazon)

Micro SD Card 16GB (Buy Amazon) (Recommended)

Install Ubuntu mate in Raspberry Pi
Install Ubuntu mate in Raspberry Pi

Installing Ubuntu Operating System

Installing Ubuntu system is quite similar to raspbian and if you are very new in raspberry pi then I will suggest you please have a look at my previous article, How to install Noob in Raspberry Pi

So, first of all, we have to download the image of Ubuntu mate is making sure you have everything you need to run. You can refer to this article to know what you need, including an HDMI cable, mouse, monitor, microSD card and so on.
Download Ubuntu Mate here.

Getting Start with Raspberry Pi 3

Write the image in raspberry pi

On Windows operating systems, you can use 7-Zip to extract files. Download from here

After obtaining the .img file, you need to download and install the Win32DiskImager tool. In this tool, select the extracted image and select the drive letter of the microSD card. After confirming that all the selected options are correct, press the Write button to complete the procedure.

Put micro SD card in raspberry pi 3 and Boot it up

The next step in installing Ubuntu MATE on Raspberry Pi is to load the microSD card in Pi. Assuming your mouse, keyboard, monitor, and power cord are connected, turn on the power. This should show the MATE flag like this:

Install Ubuntu mate in Raspberry Pi

Follow the steps and select the language and Wi-Fi

Install Ubuntu mate in Raspberry Pi

Fill the Username and password of Ubuntu and create password

After setting up the password of Ubuntu click continue and that is it Ubuntu is just installed

After installation give the username and password selected during installation

As shown below, a welcome screen will be pop up here and just use the Getting Started Section.

Wi-Fi No Connecting in Raspberry pi 3

After the installation I came to know Wi-Fi is just not working, so you just have to restart the device and WIFI will start working again,

If this will not working so just run the following command as I mention below

sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces.d/wlan0

Now add the following content to the file:

auto wlan0

iface wlan0 inet dhcp



Save the file, reboot your device, and Wi-Fi should start working.

Hope my article “Getting Start with Raspberry Pi 3 and Install Ubuntu mate in Raspberry Pi” helps you to Install Ubuntu mate in Raspberry Pi.


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