I have received my Raspberry Pi, followed the Quick Start steps in the RPi website and got it up and running.
My RPi is a Model B with 512MB. The first boot and play I had it connected to a TV via HDMI – it worked as expected.
So I do not have to use a TV every time I plan to get a remote connection to it – remote terminal via ssh or remote desktop via VNC.
But first I am deciding whether to use Raspbian (an optimised version of Debian) or ArchLinux.
Here are some figures – all tests via terminal via ssh
|Image Size||Disk Usage||Memory Total||Memory Used|
1. Default Arch image does not have X server or desktop or any updates
2. Upgrades were required to the image downloaded to get the RPi to use the full 512MB of memory (archlinux-hf-2012-09-18)
$ pacman -Syu $ sync $ reboot
Full details below
$ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on rootfs 7.3G 1.5G 5.5G 21% / /dev/root 7.3G 1.5G 5.5G 21% / devtmpfs 220M 0 220M 0% /dev tmpfs 44M 220K 44M 1% /run tmpfs 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock tmpfs 88M 0 88M 0% /run/shm /dev/mmcblk0p1 56M 17M 40M 30% /boot
$ free total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 448996 54748 394248 0 9312 28008 -/+ buffers/cache: 17428 431568 Swap: 102396 0 102396
Arch is a very bare bones system, there is no X server or desktop.
$ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on rootfs 1.8G 403M 1.3G 25% / /dev/root 1.8G 403M 1.3G 25% / devtmpfs 92M 0 92M 0% /dev tmpfs 92M 0 92M 0% /dev/shm tmpfs 92M 260K 92M 1% /run tmpfs 92M 0 92M 0% /sys/fs/cgroup tmpfs 92M 0 92M 0% /tmp /dev/mmcblk0p1 94M 36M 59M 38% /boot
$ free total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 188060 51716 136344 0 7292 29524 -/+ buffers/cache: 14900 173160 Swap: 0 0 0