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I suggest the Debian SqueezeThe latest image if you are an absolute beginneris Raspbian Stretch, but watch out forwhich is the Raspbian image soon as it should run fasterofficial distribution for all Pi models. TheAlternatively, the Arch Linux image is great if you want a minimal install or if you've had a bit of experience with Linux before.

The Raspberry Pi Foundaton provide the SHA-1256 hash of the download, which we can use to verify the file was downloaded correctly and wasn't tampered with on the way.

  1. Run sha1sumsha256sum debian62018-1906-0427-2012raspbian-stretch.zip. The generated hash should match the one given on the website; atfor the time of writing2018-06-27 zip, it was 1852df83a11ee7083ca0e5f3fb41f93ecc59b1c8this is 8636ab9fdd8f58a8ec7dde33b83747696d31711d17ef68267dbbcd6cfb968c24. For other versions, change the file name above as appropriate and verify against the hash on the website.

Extract the .img file and remember where you put it.

I will assume your img file is called debian6-19-04-2012.img, and inTake note of the image file name—you will need to use this later. In the case of a Linux host, check that your PWD is the directory in which itthe image file is stored.

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer.
  2. Locate the device, by running sudo fdisk -l. It will probably be the only disk about the right size. Note down the device name; let us suppose it is /dev/sdx. If you are in any doubt, remove the card, run sudo fdisk -l again and note down what disks are there. Insert the SD card again, run sudo fdisk -l and it is the new disk.
  3. Unmount the partitions by running sudo umount /dev/sdx*. It may give an error saying the disk isn't mounted - that's fine.
  4. Copy the contents of the image file onto the SD card by running

    sudo dd bs=1M if=debian6-19-04-2012if=your_image_file_name.img of=/dev/sdx

    Of course, you'll need to change the name of the image file above as appropriate.

I suggest the Debian Squeeze image if you are an absolute beginner, but watch out for the Raspbian image soon as it should run faster. The Arch Linux image is great if you want a minimal install or if you've had a bit of experience with Linux before.

The Raspberry Pi Foundaton provide the SHA-1 hash of the download, which we can use to verify the file was downloaded correctly and wasn't tampered with on the way.

  1. Run sha1sum debian6-19-04-2012.zip. The generated hash should match the one given on the website; at the time of writing, it was 1852df83a11ee7083ca0e5f3fb41f93ecc59b1c8.

Extract the .img file and remember where you put it.

I will assume your img file is called debian6-19-04-2012.img, and in the case of a Linux host, your PWD is the directory in which it is stored.

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer.
  2. Locate the device, by running sudo fdisk -l. It will probably be the only disk about the right size. Note down the device name; let us suppose it is /dev/sdx. If you are in any doubt, remove the card, run sudo fdisk -l again and note down what disks are there. Insert the SD card again, run sudo fdisk -l and it is the new disk.
  3. Unmount the partitions by running sudo umount /dev/sdx*. It may give an error saying the disk isn't mounted - that's fine.
  4. Copy the contents of the image file onto the SD card by running

    sudo dd bs=1M if=debian6-19-04-2012.img of=/dev/sdx

The latest image is Raspbian Stretch, which is the official distribution for all Pi models. Alternatively, the Arch Linux image is great if you want a minimal install or if you've had a bit of experience with Linux before.

The Raspberry Pi Foundaton provide the SHA-256 hash of the download, which we can use to verify the file was downloaded correctly and wasn't tampered with on the way.

  1. Run sha256sum 2018-06-27-raspbian-stretch.zip. The generated hash should match the one given on the website; for the 2018-06-27 zip, this is 8636ab9fdd8f58a8ec7dde33b83747696d31711d17ef68267dbbcd6cfb968c24. For other versions, change the file name above as appropriate and verify against the hash on the website.

Extract the .img file and remember where you put it. Take note of the image file name—you will need to use this later. In the case of a Linux host, check that your PWD is the directory in which the image file is stored.

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer.
  2. Locate the device, by running sudo fdisk -l. It will probably be the only disk about the right size. Note down the device name; let us suppose it is /dev/sdx. If you are in any doubt, remove the card, run sudo fdisk -l again and note down what disks are there. Insert the SD card again, run sudo fdisk -l and it is the new disk.
  3. Unmount the partitions by running sudo umount /dev/sdx*. It may give an error saying the disk isn't mounted - that's fine.
  4. Copy the contents of the image file onto the SD card by running

    sudo dd bs=1M if=your_image_file_name.img of=/dev/sdx

    Of course, you'll need to change the name of the image file above as appropriate.

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The process is pretty simple.

Download the image

First, go to the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Download page and download the image you want.

I suggest the Debian Squeeze image if you are an absolute beginner, but watch out for the Raspbian image soon as it should run faster. The Arch Linux image is great if you want a minimal install or if you've had a bit of experience with Linux before.

Verify the Download

The Raspberry Pi Foundaton provide the SHA-1 hash of the download, which we can use to verify the file was downloaded correctly and wasn't tampered with on the way.

Windows

You can use a utility provided by Microsoft called fciv or another provided by Frozen Logic called Summer Properties.

Linux

  1. Run sha1sum debian6-19-04-2012.zip. The generated hash should match the one given on the website; at the time of writing, it was 1852df83a11ee7083ca0e5f3fb41f93ecc59b1c8.

Extract the img file

Extract the .img file and remember where you put it.

I will assume your img file is called debian6-19-04-2012.img, and in the case of a Linux host, your PWD is the directory in which it is stored.

Linux

You can use unzip from the command line.

Installation

The installation differs depending on whether you are using a Linux or a Windows host to flash the image onto the card.

Windows

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer and note down the drive letter it is assigned.
  2. Download and install the Win32DiskImager.
  3. Select the image file you extracted earlier and the drive letter of the SD card.

Warning There is a significant risk you could damage your file system if you select the wrong drive letter. Make sure you get it right!

  1. Click "Write" and watch the pretty progress bar.

Linux

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer.
  2. Locate the device, by running sudo fdisk -l. It will probably be the only disk about the right size. Note down the device name; let us suppose it is /dev/sdx. If you are in any doubt, remove the card, run sudo fdisk -l again and note down what disks are there. Insert the SD card again, run sudo fdisk -l and it is the new disk.
  3. Unmount the partitions by running sudo umount /dev/sdx*. It may give an error saying the disk isn't mounted - that's fine.
  4. Copy the contents of the image file onto the SD card by running

    sudo dd bs=1M if=debian6-19-04-2012.img of=/dev/sdx

Warning There is a significant risk of damage to your filesystem if you use the wrong /dev/sdx. Make sure you get it right!

Have fun!

Once you have installed the OS eject the SD card properly and insert it into the Raspberry Pi. Attach power and enjoy.

References

  1. RPi Easy SD Card Setup

The process is pretty simple.

Download the image

First, go to the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Download page and download the image you want.

I suggest the Debian Squeeze image if you are an absolute beginner, but watch out for the Raspbian image soon as it should run faster. The Arch Linux image is great if you want a minimal install or if you've had a bit of experience with Linux before.

Verify the Download

The Raspberry Pi Foundaton provide the SHA-1 hash of the download, which we can use to verify the file was downloaded correctly and wasn't tampered with on the way.

Windows

You can use a utility provided by Microsoft called fciv.

Linux

  1. Run sha1sum debian6-19-04-2012.zip. The generated hash should match the one given on the website; at the time of writing, it was 1852df83a11ee7083ca0e5f3fb41f93ecc59b1c8.

Extract the img file

Extract the .img file and remember where you put it.

I will assume your img file is called debian6-19-04-2012.img, and in the case of a Linux host, your PWD is the directory in which it is stored.

Linux

You can use unzip from the command line.

Installation

The installation differs depending on whether you are using a Linux or a Windows host to flash the image onto the card.

Windows

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer and note down the drive letter it is assigned.
  2. Download and install the Win32DiskImager.
  3. Select the image file you extracted earlier and the drive letter of the SD card.

Warning There is a significant risk you could damage your file system if you select the wrong drive letter. Make sure you get it right!

  1. Click "Write" and watch the pretty progress bar.

Linux

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer.
  2. Locate the device, by running sudo fdisk -l. It will probably be the only disk about the right size. Note down the device name; let us suppose it is /dev/sdx. If you are in any doubt, remove the card, run sudo fdisk -l again and note down what disks are there. Insert the SD card again, run sudo fdisk -l and it is the new disk.
  3. Unmount the partitions by running sudo umount /dev/sdx*. It may give an error saying the disk isn't mounted - that's fine.
  4. Copy the contents of the image file onto the SD card by running

    sudo dd bs=1M if=debian6-19-04-2012.img of=/dev/sdx

Warning There is a significant risk of damage to your filesystem if you use the wrong /dev/sdx. Make sure you get it right!

Have fun!

Once you have installed the OS eject the SD card properly and insert it into the Raspberry Pi. Attach power and enjoy.

References

  1. RPi Easy SD Card Setup

The process is pretty simple.

Download the image

First, go to the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Download page and download the image you want.

I suggest the Debian Squeeze image if you are an absolute beginner, but watch out for the Raspbian image soon as it should run faster. The Arch Linux image is great if you want a minimal install or if you've had a bit of experience with Linux before.

Verify the Download

The Raspberry Pi Foundaton provide the SHA-1 hash of the download, which we can use to verify the file was downloaded correctly and wasn't tampered with on the way.

Windows

You can use a utility provided by Microsoft called fciv or another provided by Frozen Logic called Summer Properties.

Linux

  1. Run sha1sum debian6-19-04-2012.zip. The generated hash should match the one given on the website; at the time of writing, it was 1852df83a11ee7083ca0e5f3fb41f93ecc59b1c8.

Extract the img file

Extract the .img file and remember where you put it.

I will assume your img file is called debian6-19-04-2012.img, and in the case of a Linux host, your PWD is the directory in which it is stored.

Linux

You can use unzip from the command line.

Installation

The installation differs depending on whether you are using a Linux or a Windows host to flash the image onto the card.

Windows

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer and note down the drive letter it is assigned.
  2. Download and install the Win32DiskImager.
  3. Select the image file you extracted earlier and the drive letter of the SD card.

Warning There is a significant risk you could damage your file system if you select the wrong drive letter. Make sure you get it right!

  1. Click "Write" and watch the pretty progress bar.

Linux

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer.
  2. Locate the device, by running sudo fdisk -l. It will probably be the only disk about the right size. Note down the device name; let us suppose it is /dev/sdx. If you are in any doubt, remove the card, run sudo fdisk -l again and note down what disks are there. Insert the SD card again, run sudo fdisk -l and it is the new disk.
  3. Unmount the partitions by running sudo umount /dev/sdx*. It may give an error saying the disk isn't mounted - that's fine.
  4. Copy the contents of the image file onto the SD card by running

    sudo dd bs=1M if=debian6-19-04-2012.img of=/dev/sdx

Warning There is a significant risk of damage to your filesystem if you use the wrong /dev/sdx. Make sure you get it right!

Have fun!

Once you have installed the OS eject the SD card properly and insert it into the Raspberry Pi. Attach power and enjoy.

References

  1. RPi Easy SD Card Setup
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The process is pretty simple.

Download the image

First, go to the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Download page and download the image you want. Extract the .img file and remember where you put it.

I suggest the Debian Squeeze image if you are an absolute beginner, but watch out for the Raspbian image soon as it should run faster. The Arch Linux image is great if you want a minimal install or if you've had a bit of experience with Linux before.

Verify the Download

The Raspberry Pi Foundaton provide the SHA-1 hash of the download, which we can use to verify the file was downloaded correctly and wasn't tampered with on the way.

Windows

You can use a utility provided by Microsoft called fciv.

Linux

  1. Run sha1sum debian6-19-04-2012.zip. The generated hash should match the one given on the website; at the time of writing, it was 1852df83a11ee7083ca0e5f3fb41f93ecc59b1c8.

Extract the img file

Extract the .img file and remember where you put it.

I will assume your img file is called debian6-19-04-2012.img, and in the case of a Linux host, your PWD is the directory in which it is stored.

Linux

You can use unzip from the command line.

Installation

The installation differs depending on whether you are using a Linux or a Windows host to flash the image onto the card.

Windows

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer and note down the drive letter it is assigned.
  2. Download and install the Win32DiskImager.
  3. Select the image file you extracted earlier and the drive letter of the SD card.

Warning There is a significant risk you could damage your file system if you select the wrong drive letter. Make sure you get it right!

  1. Click "Write" and watch the pretty progress bar.

Linux

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer.
  2. Locate the device, by running sudo fdisk -l. It will probably be the only disk about the right size. Note down the device name; let us suppose it is /dev/sdx. If you are in any doubt, remove the card, run sudo fdisk -l again and note down what disks are there. Insert the SD card again, run sudo fdisk -l and it is the new disk.
  3. Unmount the partitions by running sudo umount /dev/sdx*. It may give an error saying the disk isn't mounted - that's fine.
  4. Copy the contents of the image file onto the SD card by running

    sudo dd bs=1M if=debian6-19-04-2012.img of=/dev/sdx

Warning There is a significant risk of damage to your filesystem if you use the wrong /dev/sdx. Make sure you get it right!

Have fun!

Once you have installed the OS eject the SD card properly and insert it into the Raspberry Pi. Attach power and enjoy.

References

  1. RPi Easy SD Card Setup

The process is pretty simple.

Download the image

First, go to the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Download page and download the image you want. Extract the .img file and remember where you put it.

I suggest the Debian Squeeze image if you are an absolute beginner, but watch out for the Raspbian image soon as it should run faster. The Arch Linux image is great if you want a minimal install or if you've had a bit of experience with Linux before.

I will assume your img file is called debian6-19-04-2012.img, and in the case of a Linux host, your PWD is the directory in which it is stored.

Installation

The installation differs depending on whether you are using a Linux or a Windows host to flash the image onto the card.

Windows

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer and note down the drive letter it is assigned.
  2. Download and install the Win32DiskImager.
  3. Select the image file you extracted earlier and the drive letter of the SD card.

Warning There is a significant risk you could damage your file system if you select the wrong drive letter. Make sure you get it right!

  1. Click "Write" and watch the pretty progress bar.

Linux

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer.
  2. Locate the device, by running sudo fdisk -l. It will probably be the only disk about the right size. Note down the device name; let us suppose it is /dev/sdx. If you are in any doubt, remove the card, run sudo fdisk -l again and note down what disks are there. Insert the SD card again, run sudo fdisk -l and it is the new disk.
  3. Unmount the partitions by running sudo umount /dev/sdx*. It may give an error saying the disk isn't mounted - that's fine.
  4. Copy the contents of the image file onto the SD card by running

    sudo dd bs=1M if=debian6-19-04-2012.img of=/dev/sdx

Warning There is a significant risk of damage to your filesystem if you use the wrong /dev/sdx. Make sure you get it right!

Have fun!

Once you have installed the OS eject the SD card properly and insert it into the Raspberry Pi. Attach power and enjoy.

References

  1. RPi Easy SD Card Setup

The process is pretty simple.

Download the image

First, go to the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Download page and download the image you want.

I suggest the Debian Squeeze image if you are an absolute beginner, but watch out for the Raspbian image soon as it should run faster. The Arch Linux image is great if you want a minimal install or if you've had a bit of experience with Linux before.

Verify the Download

The Raspberry Pi Foundaton provide the SHA-1 hash of the download, which we can use to verify the file was downloaded correctly and wasn't tampered with on the way.

Windows

You can use a utility provided by Microsoft called fciv.

Linux

  1. Run sha1sum debian6-19-04-2012.zip. The generated hash should match the one given on the website; at the time of writing, it was 1852df83a11ee7083ca0e5f3fb41f93ecc59b1c8.

Extract the img file

Extract the .img file and remember where you put it.

I will assume your img file is called debian6-19-04-2012.img, and in the case of a Linux host, your PWD is the directory in which it is stored.

Linux

You can use unzip from the command line.

Installation

The installation differs depending on whether you are using a Linux or a Windows host to flash the image onto the card.

Windows

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer and note down the drive letter it is assigned.
  2. Download and install the Win32DiskImager.
  3. Select the image file you extracted earlier and the drive letter of the SD card.

Warning There is a significant risk you could damage your file system if you select the wrong drive letter. Make sure you get it right!

  1. Click "Write" and watch the pretty progress bar.

Linux

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer.
  2. Locate the device, by running sudo fdisk -l. It will probably be the only disk about the right size. Note down the device name; let us suppose it is /dev/sdx. If you are in any doubt, remove the card, run sudo fdisk -l again and note down what disks are there. Insert the SD card again, run sudo fdisk -l and it is the new disk.
  3. Unmount the partitions by running sudo umount /dev/sdx*. It may give an error saying the disk isn't mounted - that's fine.
  4. Copy the contents of the image file onto the SD card by running

    sudo dd bs=1M if=debian6-19-04-2012.img of=/dev/sdx

Warning There is a significant risk of damage to your filesystem if you use the wrong /dev/sdx. Make sure you get it right!

Have fun!

Once you have installed the OS eject the SD card properly and insert it into the Raspberry Pi. Attach power and enjoy.

References

  1. RPi Easy SD Card Setup
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