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Raspberry Pi Announces Arrival of Raspbian OS

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.

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  • bawchicawawa
    Man, I love the raspberry pi's!
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  • skaz
    Awesome. I hope this helps the advancement of XBMC on the Ras Pi.
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  • Tab54o
    Well you could have maximized the freaking browser window at least for the video.
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  • freggo
    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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  • master_chen
    Please tell me this is a very heavily delayed April Fool's joke.
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  • Dangi
    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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  • Good thing NetBSD and FreeBSD are almost ready.
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  • bucknutty
    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 diskCorrect 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
    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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  • spookyman
    Will it play Crysis?
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