Raspberry Pi Setup

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
Raspbian 1.94G 1.5G 448996 54748
Arch1 1.98G 403M 188060 51716
Arch2 1.98G 403M 188060 51716

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

Raspbian (2012-12-16-wheezy-raspbian)

Image sizes

2012-12-16-wheezy-raspbian.img 1,939,865,600
2012-12-16-wheezy-raspbian.zip 507,098,306

Disk usage

$ 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

Memory usage

$ free
 total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 448996 54748 394248 0 9312 28008
-/+ buffers/cache: 17428 431568
Swap: 102396 0 102396

Installed apps

Arch (archlinux-hf-2012-09-18)

Arch is a very bare bones system, there is no X server or desktop.

Image sizes

archlinux-hf-2012-09-18.img 1,977,614,336
archlinux-hf-2012-09-18.zip 166,578,651

Disk usage

$ 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

Memory usage

$ free
 total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 188060 51716 136344 0 7292 29524
-/+ buffers/cache: 14900 173160
Swap: 0 0 0

Installed apps

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