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Bootable Raspbian Images by Hexxeh

Please Note: The Raspberry Pi Foundation has produced and released their own recommended image of Raspbian. All users are encouraged to download the Foundation image as it is the best supported image within the Raspberry Pi Forums. This "official" Raspbian image can be downloaded directly from the Raspberry Pi Website Downloads Page.

Hexxeh has produced a publicly available SD image of Raspbian that is bootable on Raspberry Pi hardware.

Because Raspbian packages are still being built, this image provides only minimal install of Raspbian that will boot to a command prompt. However, it is an excellent tool to use for testing hard float compilations, running benchmarks and debugging packages that are having problems building on the Raspbian autobuilders.

Download the Image

The 222 MB image can be downloaded from this link raspbian-r3.zip or by torrent.

Once booted, log into the 'root' account with the password 'hexxeh'.

Changes from the previous r2 image are as follows:

Some notes concerning this image:

WARNING: Tasksel can kill SSH

It has been reported that the above "tasksel" command can kill the ssh server deamon on this image. This can be a big problem for people who are running their Raspberry Pi headless and can't plug in a monitor and keyboard to fix the issue by reinstalling the openssh-server package. Until this problem is understood and resolved, it would be best to avoid using "tasksel" on a headless Raspberry Pi running this image and use "apt-get" to install the required packages.

Using the Image

To use an image file, you will need to unzip it and write it to a suitable SD card using the UNIX tool dd. Windows users should use Win32DiskImager. Do not try to drag and drop or otherwise copy over the image without using dd or Win32DiskImager – it won’t work. If you’re still not clear on what to do, the community on the Raspberry Pi Wiki has written a guide for beginners on how to set up your SD card.

Keeping Up to Date

You can use the standard Debian way to update your installation:

To get the newest kernel and firmware, rpi-update is included in this image.

Just run the following command:

rpi-update will only work after time has been set. Install ntp as described above or set the time with ntpdate: