I've been a fan of Raspberry Pi since the original Pi 1 so it's always exciting for me to see how these boards evolve with each new model. The newest Raspberry Pi 4 is no exception and it certainly raises the bar for Single Board Computers.

While the older models were mostly only useful as educational boards or for DIY/maker projects, the Pi 4 finally packs a real punch in terms of performance. With a 64-bit quad core ARM processor and up to 4GB of ram, I expect these boards to end up in all kinds of applications, ranging from home media centers to actual home desktop use.

Whether you're just getting into Pi's or you're looking to upgrade from one of the older models, this guide is for you.


Part 1: Hardware

This video goes over the hardware of the Raspberry Pi itself as well as all of the additional peripheral hardware that you'll need to get started. Most of the parts (including the 4GB Pi 4) came from this CanaKit.



Part 2: Operating Systems

This video shows you how to install different operating systems on the Raspberry Pi 4 and goes over some of the most popular ones to help you pick which one fits best. The operating systems discussed are Raspbian, OpenELEC, Lakka, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Manjaro, Kali Linux, and RetroPie. But the techniques shown here should allow you to install any operating system that supports the new Pi 4 ARM architecture.