Linked by David Adams on Mon 5th Mar 2012 22:35 UTC
Linux "The Linux operating system for the Raspberry Pi bare-bones computer is ready to download. The Arch Linux ARM download is based on Arch Linux, which the Raspberry Pi Foundation says 'provides a lightweight base structure that allows you to shape the system to your needs'."
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They've also got a Debian build...
by bhtooefr on Mon 5th Mar 2012 23:30 UTC
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...and that one's a more complete OS.

It's available from the same download page, though, at

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stabbyjones Member since:

+100 OP

And here if you get slow speeds off their site.

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Morgan Member since:

The Debian build was available before the Arch build; the latter had some fine-tuning to be completed from what I understand.

Also, how is the Debian build more "complete"? Is the Arch build missing boot code or something? If you are referring to the fact that the Debian build is GUI-centric, that's hardly a qualifier for "complete". With both systems you can use the package manager to install whatever interface you wish. The Arch build is command line by default because it allows you to start with a fast, slim base and mold the system into whatever you wish. That doesn't make it less complete, it makes it smaller and more modular. Besides, two lines of commands will give it a full GUI:

pacman -Syu

pacman -S lxde xorg-xinit xf86-video-fbdev

There's nothing wrong with using either distro, or Fedora when it becomes available. It's all down to what you're going to use the system for.

As for the article's title, it would have been better to say "Arch Linux Distribution for Raspberry Pi Ready" or something to that effect. Fedora is the reference platform, and as I said earlier Debian was available before Arch.

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bhtooefr Member since:

As far as "slap it on the card, slap the card in the Pi, and go" goes, yes, the Debian build is more complete for the average user.

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Laurence Member since:

...and that one's a more complete OS.

Wow, that's a flame-bait comment and a half...

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