[colug-432] Fwd: Re: Debian on Pi

Steve Roggenkamp roggenkamps at acm.org
Sun May 5 13:04:24 EDT 2013

I've also experienced some issues with cheap SD cards.  Sometimes I would
have to reboot multiple times before the Pi would boot from a particular
card.  Probably a low-level timing issue or something along those lines.
It's been a few months since I fired mine up, so I'm sure everything has


On Sun, May 5, 2013 at 12:10 PM, <lhowell at speakeasy.net> wrote:

> I sent this then realized it replies only to the poster, ot the list.
> >On Sun May  5  9:07 , <lhowell at speakeasy.net> wrote:>On Sun May  5  5:06
> , Scott Merrill <skippy at skippy.net> wrote:I bought a Raspberry Pi,
> finally.
> >>
> >>I intend to use this headless, so the Fedora Remix and the Raspbian
> >>distributions both seem like more than I need.  A good old fashioned
> >>minimal install of Debian should suffice.
> >>
> >>>From the http://elinux.org/RPi_Distributions page, I downloaded the
> >>following image:
> >>
> http://downloads.raspberrypi.org/images/debian/6/debian6-19-04-2012/debian6-19-04-2012.zip
> >>
> >>I flashed the image onto two different SD cards: one 4GB class 4
> >>device, and one 8GB class 10 device.
> >>
> >>When inserting either card into the Pi and applying power, nothing
> >>happened.  The red power LED illuminates, but the green SD card access
> >>light never lights up.
> >>
> >>I flashed the official Raspbian image
> >>(http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads) onto the 4GB card, and the Pi
> >>boots. The green SD card access LED illuminates, the NIC lights flash,
> >>and I can access the device over the network.
> >>
> >>I'd really rather stick with stock Debain, rather than Raspbian, if at
> >>all possible. Is there a better Debian image I should be trying,
> >>perhaps?
> >>
> >>Thanks,
> >>Scott
> >>
> >>
> >
> >The primary difference between the Raspbian and Debian images is that
> Raspbian is hard-float and Debian is soft-float.  Debian will work fine,
> but at the cost of a performance hit.  The Pi ARM11 hardware does well for
> what it is, but needs all the help from the OS it can get so I'd choose HF.
>  I followed the creation of Raspbian vian discussions on the debian-arm
> mailing list, which was a six month effort as the Debian "wheezy" source
> for 35000+ packages was rebuilt for the ARM11 v6 ABI instead of the normal
> ARM9 v7 ABI.  Much of the time was spent fixing hard-float issues.  The
> Cambridge team was very time constrained and chose the more expedient path
> of building with soft-float.
> >My wife gave me two Pi's for Christmas.  One is my media server running
> the Pi version of openELEC (openelec.tv) and I used to other one to pass
> the Kalamazoo winter evenings experimenting with different OS images.  If
> you want a minimal headless OS I suggest looking at
> http://www.pi-point.co.uk/raspbian-minimal/ which is the standard
> Raspbian HF image with about 75% of the packages stripped.  You can start
> small and add whatever you like from the Raspbian repo.
> >SD cards are a sticky issue, and a discussion for another time.  The Pi
> demands quality cards.  I've had good luck with SanDisk Mobile microSDHC
> 4GB cards (4.99 at MC).  I don't worry too much about the class rating.
>  That rating criteria is for handling relatively large files on cameras,
> not the much smaller files on an embedded device like the Pi.
> >
> >Larry
> >
> >
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