Skip to comments.Raspberry Pi Announces Arrival of Raspbian OS
Posted on 07/20/2012 11:23:12 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Time to give your Raspberry Pi a little boost.
Today, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the arrival of the Raspbian OS. The operating system, based on Debian and optimized for Raspberry Pi, makes better use of the tiny computer's hardware and provides performance boosts in several areas.
Up until now, Debian had been the most popular OS for Raspberry Pi. Now, Raspbian is replacing Debian as the Raspberry Pi Foundation's recommended install.
"We are pleased to announce the release of our first SD card image based on the Raspbian distribution," RPF said via its official blog. "This is the result of an enormous amount of hard work by Alex and Dom over the past couple of months, and replaces the existing Debian squeeze image as our recommended install."
If you're still using Debian squeeze, you will benefit from many tweaks and performance improvements to the firmware, kernel, and applications. If you're already on Debian wheezy (beta), the performance boost won't be as big but will still be 'very worthwhile.' It's the first official image to take full advantage of Raspberry Pis floating point hardware for, amongst other things, much faster web browsing.
"Raspbian is so much faster than the images weve been using so far, and were really excited about it; well be encouraging all of you Raspberry Pi owners to upgrade to it as soon as its available on our downloads page," the foundation said last week, while teasing performance boosts in web browsing.
Check out the video below for a look at browsing on Raspbian.
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It may still be tricky to get hold of a Raspberry Pi computer, but when you finally do there is now a recommended operating system to pack onto an SD card and make it work.
Debian a free Linux and GNU based OS has been the most used offering to date, but the arrival of the brilliantly-named Raspbian distribution is now being touted.
"We are pleased to announce the release of our first SD card image based on the Raspbian distribution," explains the Raspberry Pi blog.
"This is the result of an enormous amount of hard work by Alex and Dom over the past couple of months, and replaces the existing Debian squeeze image as our recommended install."
The new OS allows better use of the Raspberry Pi's hardware and should allow faster web browsing.
"Users who are still using Debian squeeze will definitely want to switch to this, as it contains numerous tweaks and performance improvements to the firmware, kernel and applications, adds the blog.
"Those who are using the recent Debian wheezy beta will also see a very worthwhile, but somewhat smaller, improvement."
The Raspbian distribution is available from the Raspberry Pi downloads page.
After 2 weeks on a wait list, I’ve been promised shipment of a Pi in 11 weeks. Hopefully the device will be a bit faster than the supplier!
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