Monday, 23 December 2013

Raspbian Pi

The Raspberry Pi hardware is together. Let's see what happens.

Initial Boot

On boot the machine scrolls the usual reams of text and ends with a dialog box to choose the operating system to install. I'm a "recommended" kind of guy the first-time round, and so chose Raspbian. It didn't hurt that my preferred distribution is Debian/Ubunutu :)

Not very exciting in itself, but progress is being made.

And things installed successfully, so a reboot and we're ready for setup.


  1. Expand Filesystem
    • The install of Raspbian includes this step, ensuring that the full memory of the SD card is available.
  2. Change User Password
    • Do this. Not only does it secure your system, but also makes it available for remote login via ssh.
  3. Enable Boot to Desktop
    • Because I don't see needing a desktop for what I'm doing I didn't do this. Memory is scant enough on these without using it when not required.
  4. Internationalisation Options
    • Support for UK English is on my default
    • I did change this to add support for Canadian English (en_CA.UTF-8) as well.
  5. Enable Camera
    • If I'd bought the camera module this would make sense, but I didn't.
  6. Add to Rastrack
    • This looks like it adds geo-location tracking for the device ( Not part of my current ideas
  7. Overclock
    • Maybe another time. For now, working is good enough.
  8. Advanced options

    • I set the hostname to vantasticvideo
    • I enabled ssh

A reboot and the RPi is ready for customization. Next time!

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