Rather than take a distro and follow instructions to configure it, I am looking for a preconfigured image file which I can write to SD and just use.

Is there one, or is configuration absolutely necessary?

[Update] As @Jaromanda points out in comments, configuration is absolutely necessary.

Perhaps a front end script, runnable in Windows / Linux to ask a few questions and configure a standard distro would be nice.

Alternatively the Onion Omega range, (which is a great price for price competitor), comes with an access point enabled, which makes headless configuration much simpler. A similar distro would be very welcome. In fact, I will write to the maintainer of Rapsbian and suggest it.

I would alsoaccept a distro where I can see the Linux file system on the SD card. For Raspbian, all that I can see are a bunch of *.pdb files, which I imagine are decompressed at boot time. If I could see the file system under Windows, I could easily edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ etc.

[Further update] it looks like this will do it. I will try it tonight & report back

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    configuration is necessary ... not all wifi uses the same SSID and password for a start. Also, you'll be lucky to find a pre-configured image that exactly meets your requirements (timezone, keyboard layout, default language just to name a few) Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 23:22
  • Feel free to post that as an answer. I can live with keyboard, etc layout, if only the Wi-Fi were fixed, but I take your point there. Perhaps affront end script, runnable in Windows / Linux to ask a few questions and configure a standard distro would be nice. I tried Pi Bakery, but it didn't want to write to my SD card & the v2 beta just crashed (which I reported)
    – Mawg
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 6:15
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    actually, I won't yet. Is the reason for this because you want multiple (read dozens or more) installs? Or is this just a one off for making the install onto 0W easier on yourself? Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 6:17
  • The latter. I found an old Pi Zero W at the back of a drawer. I haven't used it for a year. I think that I remember set up being straightforward last time. The SD card was missing, so I took a new one and basically wasted most of the weekend being unable to connect via Putty (and I have no display to help)
    – Mawg
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 6:20

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I have an image at the bottom of this article -


If you follow the instructions under Headless Install of Raspbian Stretch Lite you should be able to connect to it.

Comitup looks like a good bet as well.

This answer might help with any problems with the supplicant.conf file : Raspberry Pi Zero W headless using wpa_supplicant.conf not working

And of course you can start with a fresh image from here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/

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