I have decided to start building official minimal images of raspbian. Note that when I say "official" I mean "raspbian project" NOT "raspberry pi foundation".
The first version of the image is available for download at
This ia a temporary location and it's likely to be moved to somewhere more official-looking later.
There are a couple of minor issues with /etc/fstab that I am already aware of which cause warnings during boot. These will be fixed in the next version but they should not affect the usuability of the image. I also forgot to include console-setup so while the configuration is in place for a UK keyboard that configuration won't be used until you install it. Again this will be fixed in the next version. I also forgot to include fake-hwclock so until it's installed the time won't be saved across reboots. Again this will be fixed in the next version.
There are two versions of the image, the "plain" version is just an image, the "integratedsource" version also contains a copy of source packages for all packages that are installed in the image. The source packages are also available for download as a seperate pack (and of course can also be individually downloaded from http://sourcearchive.raspbian.org
). The image with source packages included is intended for SD card vendors who want to include the source code so they don't have to worry about handling source code requests.
Please test the image and report any problems.
I intend to rebuild the image about once a month, I also plan to offer a corresponding armel image.
Notes on the image.
The root account by default can be logged into locally without a password. I would encourage you to set a password on it.
sshd is installed and running but will not by default allow access to accounts with no password. So headless setup requires use of the scripts on the fat partition to set a root password. If you want any user accounts other than root you will have to add them yourself.
there are two scripts on the fat partition that will be run by bash on startup (from rc.local). bcmdall will be run on every bootup. bcmdonce will be run on the next bootup and then blacked. It should be possible to use these scripts to set a root password (see http://en.kioskea.net/faq/790-changing- ... a-a-script
) but I have not yet tested this myself.
The plain image is 900MiB and so should fit on most "1GB" cards. The image with integrated source is 1800GB so should fit on most "2GB" cards.
Currently no partition resizing tools are included, I may look into this for the next version.
The image uses a "debian style" kernel and a special version of the firmware package which does not contain the foundation kernel. This will be updated from a special section in the raspbian repository called "firmware". Note: please DO NOT add this section to your sources.list if you use a foundation kernel as it may result in the foundation kernel being accidentally removed.
The image is configured for a UK keyboard by default.