So let's say I don't have a monitor and keyboard handy to hook my pi up to? What images are available to put on the SD card so that I can connect to ssh on first boot up? Do most operating system images do that? (I know NOOBs doesn't, but it's just an installer.)

I do have ethernet available (although answers that work when only wifi is available would be nice too).

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    I believe recent versions of Raspbian do. Dec 8, 2015 at 21:02
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    How do you expect WIFI to work? You'll need to specify the SSID and the WPA key before the connection could be established. Dec 8, 2015 at 21:05
  • @DmitryGrigoryev See Ghanima's answer. Dec 8, 2015 at 22:47
  • I haven't tried "most operating system". What have you tried?
    – Milliways
    Dec 8, 2015 at 23:03

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It's not an image which you can run directly, but an installer, but it does have an ssh server running by default: https://github.com/debian-pi/raspbian-ua-netinst
It is quite minimal though (no X etc), so you'll have to install all the packages you want yourself.


Literally not an answer yet technically it still is ;)

Arch linux. Both the version for the Pi (ARMv6) and the Pi2 (ARMv7) have sshd up and running after installation. dhcp is also running providing connectivity when attached to a router via ethernet.

Thing is that Arch does not provide images anymore, but a tar.gz'ed root filesystem. Following the linked installation procedures however will produce an operational system on the SD card.

Skip this part if insisting on "with no configuration", in that case no WiFi though: Since installation requires the SD card to be mounted on another running system, credentials for WiFi access or network configuration could be saved at the appropriate files.

  • Could you include instructions on how to add the wifi credentials to the root filesystem. Dec 8, 2015 at 22:48
  • I don't run my Pi on WiFi, so I did not do it. I would have to read that up too (with no own real life experience). If possible I'd leave the issue to somebody else.
    – Ghanima
    Dec 8, 2015 at 22:53
  • Oh, and by no configuration, I meant configuration with a monitor. Dec 8, 2015 at 23:05

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