Roll your own Pi distro free of Microsoft – a journey

Roll your own Pi Distro free of Microsoft 2021

PollenOS – Stretch based image: released 03142021 — Pi3B+


OpenCV face demo

Tensorflow Lite object detection demo

Note: we later realized Tensorflow uses contributor covenant and will not support/include future tensorflow demos

VNC Newer images include x2go for various reasons.

For this image, use a VNC client on your workstation/laptop etc.

rpi3b+ demo video tflite

user: pi                     passwd: raspberry

Remember to change the default passwd.

PollenOS – Bullseye based Image – experimental — Pi3B+

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Debian Based

No Windows repos!

Yolov3 object detection – tiny demo – Test  drive YOLOv3 tiny on Pi3B+

X2Go for remote desktop


Free Culture videos for running inference included

Imagenet working demo – Run predictions on included data images and more!

Ubuntu Groovy Image – Pi4

  • Face Detection python demo – NCS2
  • Darknet Yolov3 demo

In response to the inclurision of Microsoft repos and software in the most recent release of Raspberry Pi OS by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, we created a Raspberry Pi OS – Pollen with AI demos for Pi.

Debian Version: bullseye sid (experimental)- 3B+

tiny yolov3

imagenet – 3/20/2021

GUI – desktop environment LXDE All But AI completed – 2/25/2021

Ubuntu Version: 20.10 Groovy- 4B with 4Gb

GUI Desktop Environment – lubuntu


At this point in the journey, I will be building opencv from source.

Upon successful completion, I will:

  • Test Darknet
  • Test OpenVINO demos
  • Clean files/add additional
  • Release

Installing OpenCV 4.4.0 on Pi4 with 4Gb

  1. dphys-swapfile 4096 maxswap
  2. rpi-eeprom-update check… -a if needed
  3. config.txt gpu mem=128
  4. Depends – then to “dirty work (github)
  5. wget opencv
  6. wget opencv_contrib
  7. extract
  8. mv opencv-4.4.0 opencv_contrib-4.4.0 to opencv/
  9. mkdir build
  10. cmake ..
  11. make -j4
  12. finish up – make install ldconfig make clean apt update
  13. confirm opencv version – python3 cv2__version__