Nexy wrote:What is Raspbian?
The short answer is "It's an unofficial version (‘port’) of the upcoming ‘wheezy’ Debian Linux that is optimised for the Raspberry Pi."
Raspbery Pi Foundation's Debian port is based on the Debian “squeeze” distribution's "armel" port. It doesn't take advantage of some of the features of Raspberry Pi's processor. The new Debian “wheezy” distribution's "armhf" port requires features that the Raspberry Pi's processor doesn't have. Raspbian uses the features the Raspberry Pi does have, but doesn't use the features that are missing.
While nothing in here is technically incorrect I think the mentioning of particular versions of debian is somewhat misleading. Especially given that the foundation are working on a wheezy armel port (it's labeled as beta but afaict it's in considerablly better shape than their squeeze image).
Technical differences between Raspian and the Raspbery Pi Foundation's Debian port mean some programs will experience a very noticeable performance improvement on Raspian. A bigger and better explanation, along with a more technical details for those who want them, can be found on the Raspbian FAQ page.
You might want to actually mention floating point in this paragraph.
Who is Raspbian for?
Right now, it's for people with Linux experience with small ARM based systems such as the Raspberry Pi. The goal is for it to become the choice for all Linux users on the Raspberry Pi, but there are still a few rough edges to be smoothed out.
Most of the rough edges aren't really raspbian issues per-se. Yeah the experiance with the raspbian hexxeh or pisces images is a little rougher than with the foundations wheezy image but not significantly so and hopefully that will go away when friggle/asb gets a chance to prepare a foundation raspbian image.
I'm not convinced this is a good idea. I'd personally rather begginers having a problem with thier raspbian system come here first where we can triage the issue and decide whether it's our problem and if not where it is best to point them. I don't want to lose goodwill with debian by having newbies with raspbian specific problems bitching about them in more general debian places.
What's already in here?
Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi - Large thread chronicling mpthompson's amazing work with plugwash and others to bring Raspian to life.
Port of MATE to Raspbian. - MATE is a fork of the Gnome 2 desktop environment.
Donations for Raspbian - The project has cost about $3000 to Mike "mpthompson" Thompson personally already. Understandably donations would be gratefully received to help further development.
looks fine to me.
Finally i'm not really sure i'm happy about having a sticky that we don't have control over.