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Debian 'Wheezy' public beta is out for Raspberry Pi

Firmware update and performance boosts
Tue Jun 19 2012, 12:11
Raspberry Pi

THE RASPBERRY PI developers have released a reference image of Debian "Wheezy" for the tiny computer in your pocket device.

The release is based on Debian "Squeeze" and you can try it out now. It should not be considered a final release and testers are asked to provide feedback on their experiences. However, it does sound like a worthwhile upgrade.

"Alex has produced a new reference image based on the upcoming Debian "wheezy" release," writes Eben Upton, the Raspberry Pi creator, on the foundation's blog.

"This incorporates Dom's latest firmware, and numerous kernel patches for performance and stability. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be running a public beta program to identify major bugs, and in particular regressions relative to the existing Debian 'squeeze' image."

Upton said that while this is only a beta release it is well worth a go. "You will almost definitely find it a worthwhile upgrade," he added.

There are couple of download options, either direct or via Bittorrent (password and hash are on the original blog) and you are recommended to save it onto a 4GB SD card, though a 2GB one will do. Upton said that users should expect a slow boot on the first load. µ

 

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