Monkabuntu v.1.1

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A 64 bit desktop operating system for Raspberry Pi 4 based on the desktopify ubuntu mate version from wimpy`s world (many thanks and greetings for that).

The image is 9.3 GB in size and is in .img format (gz compressed). After downloading and extracting, the .img file can be written to a micro sd or drive with EtcherWin32DiskImagerRaspberry Pi Imager etc…

The default login/ftp/ssh/etc for this image is; User: pi Password: monkapie

Download from Google Drive:

Partial Feature List:

  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS rpi4 aarch64
  • mesa 20.2.0 with vulkan support (working on ppsspp but buggy in dolphin – wip)
  • anbox (android in a box wip ) unstable – maybe some light android apks will run like calculator, file explorer, etc..
  • chromium armhf in a docker container (widevine on aarm64 for netflix support), a fork of henning thiemann`s docker-chromium-armhf container on – my fork for the rpi4 can be found here:
  • android screen mirroring
  • kodi 18 preinstalled (media playback and streaming)
  • obs studio (video capture and streaming software)
  • lr-flycast has been setup for Dreamcast emulation on this build
  • Retropie with many preinstalled cores running from the desktop
  • Several stand alone retro game emulators
  • Fixed missing emulators in some Retropie configs
  • Added desktop shortcut to start Retropie
  • Fixed game saving in the Dreamcast emulator

New Features Added to Monkabuntu v.1.1:

  • Added box86 with wine i386 (experimental – thanks to ptitSeb !)
  • Fixed usb booting (many thanks to savad81)
  • Improved lr-yabause performance (Sega Saturn Emulator)
  • Updated dolphin (Gamecube and Wii Emulator)
  • Fixed vulkan on dolphin but has glitches (still a work in progress)
  • Added 64bit wps office (user request)
  • Now multiarch, which means you can install any armhf package on aarch64
  • Various fixes and tweaks

Note: This build has overclock settings in config.txt. If your pi does not have adequate cooling for overclocking, or is having difficulty booting it may be necessary to modify these settings.

Retropie running on aarch64 is based of course on the great work from the offical retropie team.

You can stay posted on monkaBlyat’s latest projects by visiting his page on the SBC Gaming Website:

For assistance and general retro gaming discussion join the SBC Gaming Discord.

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11 thoughts on “Monkabuntu v.1.1

  1. Is there any way to install TeamViewer / VNC on you edition of Ubuntu, as far as i try i am always stuck on some packages that cant be uninstalled/overwritten/reinstalled.

  2. Hi Monka, great job! Thaks a lot! Ver 1.1 is amazing! Can you please add Zoom app, it would be amazing, the first desktop version for Raspi with Zoom! (Android and ChromeOS already have it, but it is not the same). You would help a lot of people with little money who buy Raspberry to do home office, school homework and remote work

  3. Hey I cant seem to find the code base on git hub to log a ticket … but I have just updated and upgraded all packages via apt-get and suddenly the Bluetooth on this build has broken. Device connect then immediately disconnect after a second. I have been trying to narrow down which package introduced the issue. it was working fine with a stock install & update+ upgrade last week … only today’s update/upgrade/full-upgrade seemed to break bluetooth. I have tried backdating the firmware linux-firmware-raspi2 (from version 3-0ubuntu2~20.04.1 to 2-0ubuntu2~focal1.0 and back again with no joy). This seems to be a reintroduction of a known firmware issue

  4. I can confirm that the flame build has also been trashed by the updates.
    The Bluetooth was working fine with a fresh build of both monkabuntu and flame builds … all you do is then log in and update …. bang! Bluetooth breaks devices that were working fine before the update. The devices connect to bluetooth … then immediatly disconnect. If you need Bluetooth *DO NOT UPDATE* after you image and boot or use a different build I.ll see if this affects stock MATE.

  5. Right I have found the packages that have caused the issue that breaks Bluetooth, It happens on the MATE upstream build too .. its triggered when you update the Bootloader EPROM Package u-boot-rpi from version 2020.04+dfsg-2ubuntu1 to 2020.10+dfsg-1ubuntu0~20.10.1. I’ll do some more digging.

    2021-02-07 12:24:39 startup archives unpack
    2021-02-07 12:24:39 upgrade u-boot-rpi:arm64 2020.04+dfsg-2ubuntu1 2020.10+dfsg-1ubuntu0~20.10.1
    2021-02-07 12:24:39 status half-configured u-boot-rpi:arm64 2020.04+dfsg-2ubuntu1
    2021-02-07 12:24:39 status unpacked u-boot-rpi:arm64 2020.04+dfsg-2ubuntu1
    2021-02-07 12:24:39 status half-installed u-boot-rpi:arm64 2020.04+dfsg-2ubuntu1
    2021-02-07 12:24:40 status unpacked u-boot-rpi:arm64 2020.10+dfsg-1ubuntu0~20.10.1
    2021-02-07 12:24:40 startup packages configure
    2021-02-07 12:24:40 configure u-boot-rpi:arm64 2020.10+dfsg-1ubuntu0~20.10.1
    2021-02-07 12:24:40 status unpacked u-boot-rpi:arm64 2020.10+dfsg-1ubuntu0~20.10.1
    2021-02-07 12:24:40 status half-configured u-boot-rpi:arm64 2020.10+dfsg-1ubuntu0~20.10.1
    2021-02-07 12:24:40 status installed u-boot-rpi:arm64 2020.10+dfsg-1ubuntu0~20.10.1

    1. Ignore, Ubuntu doesn’t use root, needed to sudo from command line, or put account info in prompt.

  6. Hi,… I have a pi 4 8 gb with the Argon ONE, but when I try to boot from usb card OR usb ssd (tried both options, so flashed into usb card and usb ssd and changed the boot with the imager tool of PI), it complains:

    “Unable to read partition as FAT”

    Tried also re-download, and also happens with flame monkabuntu 2.0; I really don’t know how to continue.

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