Raspberry Pi Part IIIIPosted: February 13, 2013
Wowzer part four! This truly is an occasion at BMV when I have a guide coming in sections. So when we last talked about the RPi, we had just wrote our Linux OS image to the SD card. Hopefully you followed the guide and it all went well. If it didn’t, go back read the guide again and try once more. You wont break anything. If your truly stuck, feel free to drop me a message or better still, visit the RPi Foundation website at
Get yourself on the forum and start asking those questions.
For now, let us assume you have your image file written to your SD card. You should now be able to insert it in your RPi and watch the little computer boot up (If you haven’t already). The first time you boot Raspbian, you will go through a setup menu. This is a very useful program, allowing you to resize the partitions on your SD card, alter the date & time and also enable SSH. For connection to your RPi remotely on your local network. The first time round, I must confess I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the RPi. Many of the settings I wasn’t familair with. So I didn’t alter that much.Once you are out of this menu, the RPi will begin loading Raspbian.
Under the hood, Raspbian is a distro of Debian 6, if you don’t know what any of that means dont worry. It’s not overly important. GNU Linux is open source, which means it is open to others to play with, develop software for and even make entirely new operating systems based on the original source code. Debian is one such variety, compact and offering better memory use then Windows. Debian suits the Raspberry Pi’s limited resources very well.
Once Raspbian has loaded, you will be presented with a familair desktop layout. Taskbar, desktop and various program icons, including a handy Debian reference manual, to help you take your first steps in to the world of GNU Linux.
The Raspberry Pi is not a very powerful computer, for £30 you can’t expect a mini power house. So do not expect full video playback using VLC. At the time i last used my RPi, just before December ’12, mp3 playback was not perfect and the sound drivers where still a little rough.
In a future blog I shall cover some fun projects you can do on your RPi. Hopefully i will find the time at some point to look in to arcade games and online radio. If you check out the Picade I covered in an earlier article, there’s no doubting the RPi has plenty of potential.
Blog written on an Amstrad NC100