What's the best way to install Ubuntu on a Raspberry Pi 3? I'm finding a few inconsistent links and guides.

I first found this page, and I installed the ubuntu-16.04-preinstalled-server-armhf+raspi3.img.xz image, but I found it to be too unstable to use. On every reboot, it had a 50% chance of encountering a kernel panic. I verified this is a problem in the image, and not my hardware, by re-flashing the same SD card with Raspbian, and successfully booting with that. Unfortunately, the image isn't officially supported, and the lone developer working on it seems to have abandoned any further work and bug fixes.

I also found this page, which implicitly says it supports the Raspberry Pi 3, but the only linked image is to "raspi2". Will this work on the Pi 3?

That page also links here which lists three different ARM images:

  • ubuntu-16.04.1-server-arm64.iso
  • ubuntu-16.04-preinstalled-server-armhf+raspi2.img.xz
  • ubuntu-16.04.1-preinstalled-server-armhf+raspi2.img.xz

I also found this site which offers a Pi 3 image for Ubuntu 16.

Clearly, the last two are just different versions of the same base image, but will the first work on the Pi 3?

Edit: I've confirmed that the images ubuntu-16.04-preinstalled-server-armhf+raspi2.img.xz and ubuntu-16.04.1-preinstalled-server-armhf+raspi2.img.xz do not work with the Pi 3. However, I've confirmed that the image ubuntu-minimal-16.04-server-armhf-raspberry-pi.img.xz works perfectly with the Pi 3.


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there are the correct versions of ubuntu desktop and server on rpi's website:


there you can get their imager that i hope can help



on the piece of software, you have to choose a specific OS through their menu. you can also select usernames passwords and ssh passwords etc. They do have Ubuntu for the RPi3

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