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The top 10 projects to try out with your Raspberry Pi 3

4. ​Boot up Android or Chrome OS' open source cousin

From Android to Chromium OS, the Pi 3 looks destined to run a broader range of operating systems than its predecessors.

The Pi already runs a suite of Linux-based operating systems but is seemingly on the cusp of getting versions of Chromium OS - the open source version of Chrome OS - and Android Marshmallow that are comfortable to use.

The reasons are twofold - both the increased power and more modern architecture of the Pi 3 and a new open-source 3D graphics driver for the board that will make it easier to implement hardware-accelerated versions of these systems. Together these changes should help deliver operating systems that until now have been hampered by poor performance on the Pi.

While still at an early stage, there is a working version of Chromium OS on the Pi 3 and work-in-progress versions of Android KitKat and Android Marshmallow available to try.

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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.