Comparison of compressed images
826 MB- Original 2014-06-20-wheezy-raspbian
284 MB- Additional packages added, desktop extras removed
156 MB- Desktop environment removed,
184 MB- As above, with
After setting up the Raspberry Pi, it’s a good idea to make your own installation image from it. This mainly involves using the
ddcommand to clone the SD card into a file. However, there are some extra steps that can be used to produce a smaller file, and to provide a helpful login message to anyone using the image.
I recently wanted to test something on Windows, and not wanting to use a virtual machine, I decided to install Windows 8.1 on my MacBook.
All Intel based Macs use EFI with a GUID partition table (GPT), instead of the traditional Wintel BIOS/MBR combination. Until recently, this has meant that Windows can only be installed by emulating an MBR disk, typically by using Apple’s Boot Camp to create the Windows partition.
Since Windows 8 now supports installation under EFI1, and Boot Camp is fairly rigid about the placement of a Windows partition, I wanted to try installing Windows 8.1 using EFI and GPT just as I do with Mac OS X and Ubuntu.
There’s currently no build of the Dropbox sync client that runs on ARM devices; while there is source available, it’s not suitable for automatic, unattended sync on a Raspberry Pi that may not have any windowing system installed.
Dropbox does make various SDKs available though, which enables a ruby or python script to be used instead of the official client.
A collection of notes for setting up a clean image of XBian (1.0 Beta 1) on the Raspberry Pi.