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Bootable Raspbian "Pisces" Image by Mike Thompson

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.

Mike Thompson has produced a publicly available SD image of Raspbian that is bootable on Raspberry Pi hardware. This is called the "pisces" image as that is what Mike's Raspberry Pi system is named on his LAN.

This image is a little newer and includes a more complete installation of Raspbian and LXDE than the more minimal Hexxeh image. This image was created using the Debian installer so it reflects a minimal Debian installation with the LXDE packages added for a desktop.

Download the R3 Image

The 449 MB R3 image can be downloaded from this link rpi_pisces_r3.zip or torrent.

Once booted, log into one of the two existing accounts:







Image Install

To install the image file, you will need to unzip it and write it to a suitable 4G or larger 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.

Image Notes

Some notes concerning this image:

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.

Verify the system time and date are set correctly and then run the following command:

Older R2 Image

The older 465 MB R2 image can be downloaded from this link rpi_pisces_r2.zip or torrent.

Older R1 Image

The older 466 MB R1 image can be downloaded from this link rpi_pisces_r1.zip or torrent.

Some notes concerning this image: