piCore from tinycorelinux supports rpi 1, but it seems to be missing some drivers that i need, and also, their downloads are not signed or shasummed. Though the official raspberry pi debian stretch is also not a signed download.

Are there distros for the raspberry pi 1 rev A that are small, with up to date repositories, and are signed downloads? The raspbian stretch lite does not work for the rpi 1A

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Raspbian Stretch (all 3 versions) works on ALL model Pi, have published checksums, and is maintained - at least until superseded by Buster (and for some time after).

NOTE There is no such thing as a Pi 1.

The initial releases were Raspberry Pi Model A & Model B. There was a Raspberry Pi Model B Rev 2 and later releases increased memory to 512MB

I have Raspbian Stretch 9.9 with Desktop running on my Raspberry Pi Model B Rev 2

  • It doesn't, i have a pi1 with rpi stretch-lite and it doesn't boot up. The tinycorelinux piCore does. I've checked the checksums as well just in case it was a bad download May 13, 2019 at 12:01
  • i was following the nomenclature suggested by the available tags, and the zeitgeist of the forums May 14, 2019 at 4:47

Every distro that supports Raspberry Pi Zero also supports the original Raspberry Pi as it uses the same SoC.


I've downloaded the raspbian-stretch version instead of the lite version, and rpi boots now.


  • Please upvote the correct answer and accept it with the tick icon next to the answer. There is no need to post a "thanks" as an answer. May 13, 2019 at 18:49
  • So the lite version didn't boot? Thats strange.
    – MatsK
    May 14, 2019 at 4:04
  • The actual answer is to not use the lite version May 14, 2019 at 4:33
  • Just to be clear, you're using the Pi A, [this one]( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi#/media/…) the original Pi model A? Perhaps this is a bug in the Raspbian Lite distribution. According to Wikipedia, the exact same BCM2835 is used in the Pi Zero and Pi Zero W. I can test that . May 14, 2019 at 13:13

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