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Raspberry Pi Announces Arrival of Raspbian OS

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Time to give your Raspberry Pi a little boost.

Today, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the arrival of the Raspbian OS. The operating system, based on Debian and optimized for Raspberry Pi, makes better use of the tiny computer's hardware and provides performance boosts in several areas.

Up until now, Debian had been the most popular OS for Raspberry Pi. Now, Raspbian is replacing Debian as the Raspberry Pi Foundation's recommended install.

"We are pleased to announce the release of our first SD card image based on the Raspbian distribution," RPF said via its official blog. "This is the result of an enormous amount of hard work by Alex and Dom over the past couple of months, and replaces the existing Debian squeeze image as our recommended install."

If you're still using Debian squeeze, you will benefit from many tweaks and performance improvements to the firmware, kernel, and applications. If you're already on Debian wheezy (beta), the performance boost won't be as big but will still be 'very worthwhile.' It's the first official image to take full advantage of Raspberry Pi’s floating point hardware for, amongst other things, much faster web browsing.

"Raspbian is so much faster than the images we’ve been using so far, and we’re really excited about it; we’ll be encouraging all of you Raspberry Pi owners to upgrade to it as soon as it’s available on our downloads page," the foundation said last week, while teasing performance boosts in web browsing. 

Check out the video below for a look at browsing on Raspbian.

Web browsing on Raspberry Pi

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    brett1042002 , July 18, 2012 7:42 PM
    spookymanWill it play Crysis?


    Yes, in monochrome @ 640x480 res.
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    bawchicawawa , July 18, 2012 6:18 PM
    Man, I love the raspberry pi's!
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    skaz , July 18, 2012 6:28 PM
    Awesome. I hope this helps the advancement of XBMC on the Ras Pi.
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    Tab54o , July 18, 2012 6:35 PM
    Well you could have maximized the freaking browser window at least for the video.
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    freggo , July 18, 2012 6:42 PM
    Does anyone know how big an SSD the raspberry requires as a usable minimum?
    I have an old 30GB one sitting around and wondering if that will do.

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    Dangi , July 18, 2012 6:56 PM
    freggoDoes anyone know how big an SSD the raspberry requires as a usable minimum?I have an old 30GB one sitting around and wondering if that will do.


    SSD ?? Really ??

    You use de SD as the booting device, you can change to usb, but as far as I know it doesn't have Sata port to put a SSD disk
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    Anonymous , July 18, 2012 7:04 PM
    Good thing NetBSD and FreeBSD are almost ready.
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    bucknutty , July 18, 2012 7:09 PM
    DangiSSD ?? Really ??You use de SD as the booting device, you can change to usb, but as far as I know it doesn't have Sata port to put a SSD disk

    Correct at this time it can only boot from the SD Card. USB, or network attached storage can be accessed once the OS is loaded.
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    11796pcs , July 18, 2012 7:14 PM
    Bought one about two weeks ago from RS, still haven't heard how the shipping is going or anything from them. I'll be using this image once I get it but XBMC sounds tempting as well...
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    brett1042002 , July 18, 2012 7:42 PM
    spookymanWill it play Crysis?


    Yes, in monochrome @ 640x480 res.
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    Ohmybad , July 18, 2012 8:09 PM
    I have about 75$ invested to get my Pi 43$ flat shipped to the US from UK, + Accessories... neat little device... i don't know a ton about Linux/programming but plan to learn... it does play Quake 3 and NES emulator! haha... http://mitchtech.net/category/tutorials/raspberry-pi/
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    anti-painkilla , July 19, 2012 12:15 AM
    Awesome, the day after I download the Debian iso. Oh well, plenty of data on my cap and only took 3mins for the 442MB Zip.

    Only got it yesterday, will be looking forward to getting into over the weekend. Still waiting for a case to be shipped from Spain.
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    razor512 , July 19, 2012 1:17 AM
    that performs better than the browsers built into some of the new "smart TV's" yet companies like samsung like to use probably $30 of hardware to justify a near $1000 price increase.
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    anti-painkilla , July 19, 2012 1:38 AM
    bucknuttyCorrect at this time it can only boot from the SD Card. USB, or network attached storage can be accessed once the OS is loaded.


    From the website FAQ:
    'How does it boot?

    You have to boot from SD but a USB HD can “take over” after the initial boot. You cannot boot without an SD card.'
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    JeTJL , July 19, 2012 3:58 AM
    Really hate how often this thing is on backorder, ordered mine yesterday and I have to wait 5 weeks D:
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    freggo , July 19, 2012 4:30 AM
    No SATA... must have overlooked that one.
    USB drive is a bit on the slow side unless it is USB 3.0 of course.
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    anti-painkilla , July 19, 2012 4:40 AM
    freggoNo SATA... must have overlooked that one.USB drive is a bit on the slow side unless it is USB 3.0 of course.


    Read the
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    anti-painkilla , July 19, 2012 4:41 AM
    anti-painkillaRead the


    Read the FAQs http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs link failed.
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    Dangi , July 19, 2012 10:42 AM
    freggoNo SATA... must have overlooked that one.USB drive is a bit on the slow side unless it is USB 3.0 of course.


    USB 2.0 and only 2 ports.

    But as said before SD is a MUST to run Rasperry Pi, try class 10 SD cards if you feel that the boot is slow. That shouldn't be more much slower than USB 2.0
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