My Pi4b should be here today and I have downloaded both the Buster desktop and Buster lite editions. Does it matter which one I should install if I am not using the Piaware image?
The desktop is good if you want to access the GUI via VNC.
I think you can add it later if you install Buster lite.
It’s certainly doable on Stretch, so I assume it is with Buster as well.
/edit - I’m struggling to find my notes but I think this is how I did it.
sudo apt install raspberrypi-ui-mods
So I had Buster desktop installed then can I also install Piaware?
Yes. You can also install it on Buster Lite, it doesn’t need the desktop.
Desktop is with graphical interface and additional packages preinstalled.
Lite is without the graphical interface.
piaware doesn’t care.
It’s the same system, just other software installed.
There are 3 options now: desktop and recommended software, desktop only, and lite (no desktop).
I downloaded all three but I figure that I want to try out the desktop version. Also since it’s Buster on a Pi 4 it should not matter. My next question is I want to install Piaware 3.7.1 on the desktop version with both 1090 and 978. Maybe also installed
Also I dont use the Pi for the web browser all my map and graph viewing is done from my desktop computer
Right choices: https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/
Your title says Raspbian Desktop which strictly speaking is for PC and Mac.
It won’t run on the Pi4 anyway.
One could say the naming is a little ambiguous.
The top one is what I had selected for my downloads. I picked up all three images.
I agree with my naming of this subject.
It’s likely not an issue with a 4GB Pi4, but why use Raspbian with desktop on a Pi3/3+?
Even on a Pi4, if the Pi is remote, what’s the benefit? I think one is better off using PuTTY for example, rather than VNC in this case.
All of the above in a Piaware context. YMMV with other uses.
as long as you do not want to use a graphical interface locally (with a screen, keyboard and mouse attached directly to the Pi, there is no need to install it with the desktop interface.
For almost all tasks you will need a command line anyhow which can be used either directly (if screen is attached) or via SSH from a remote computer in your local network.
Otherwise the GUI would be a waste of memory ressources.
I use the interface every so often. I am setting it up right now and making sure that it’s up to date.