[colug-432] Fwd: Re: Debian on Pi
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,
> >>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:
> >>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,
> >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.
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