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Raspberry Pi releases optimised Raspbian Linux

Impressive performance improvements
Wed Jul 18 2012, 17:38
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THE RASPBERRY PI FOUNDATION has released Raspbian, a fork of the Debian Linux distribution.

Earlier this week the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that its resellers were lifting order order limits as the computer's producers were able to churn out 4,000 devices a day. Now the outfit has released Raspbian, a fork of Debian that is optimised to make the most of the Raspberry Pi hardware.

According to Raspberry Pi project leader Eben Upton, the ARM v6 memcpy() and memset() functions have been optimised in Raspbian Linux and he suggested that people running Debian Squeeze or Wheezy releases will see performance improvements by using Raspbian.

Upton also pointed to benchmarks pitting Debian's use of the armel architecture against Raspbian's armhf architecture. In a number of benchmarks, Raspbian showed impressive improvements over Debian, adding weight to Upton's recommendation that Raspberry Pi owners running vanilla Debian should make the switch.

The Raspberry Pi people have packaged Raspbian Linux into an SD card image download file, which includes the LXDE window manager, Midori web browser and a clutch of development tools. µ


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