I have a Raspberry Pi 3 with Raspbian installed on it.

If I insert a SD card with Ubuntu Mate (ARM) 14.04 on it, I can't even get to the colorful boot screen (boot loader?). I've tried various SD cards with the same results. I tried those same SD cards on a Raspberry Pi 2 model B and they work fine, so I've determined it's not the installation media, it's something with the software.

How can I install Ubuntu Mate (ARM) on a raspberry pi 3?


Based on the accepted answer I performed the following on Mac OS X 10.11.3 (El Capitan):

  • Downloaded Ubuntu Mate from the Canadian mirror (I'm in NY)
  • Decompressed ubuntu-mate-15.10.3-desktop-armhf-raspberry-pi-2.xz file by double clicking it
  • Opened terminal (CMD+space, "terminal", enter)
  • $ diskutil list my SD was listed as /dev/disk1
  • $ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk1
  • $ sudo dd if=Downloads/ubuntu-mate-15.10.3-desktop-armhf-raspberry-pi-2.img of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=1024m

I modified a line in config.txt that is specific for my waveshare screen to display, unmounted, and took out the SD card to plug it in the rpi3.

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The Pi 3 uses a completely different SOC (BCM 2837). The build your are running only supports the BCM2835 and BCM2836.

There is a new build that adds support for the Pi 3's SOC. Download it here.

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