How to Install Arch Linux on Raspberry Pi

How to Install Arch Linux on Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi Arch Linux

The Raspberry Pi is a small SBC. This credit card sized board is a favourite of many hardware hackers due to it’s low price of $25. The board runs at 700Mhz with a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC and Videocore 4 GPU, which is capable of BlueRay quality playback (H.264 @ 40MBits/s) 256MB RAM. The whole Raspberry Pi movement was started by a UK based charity with the belief of providing low-cost single board computers that can help foster computer science education. You could compare the power of the board to a Pentium 2 running around 300MHz.

Installing Arch Linux Arm on the Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi Arch Linux

You’re going to need the following to finish this tutorial and assumes you’re following this from a Linux Distro.

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Blank SD-Card 2GB or larger
  • First we are going to need to download the image

    wget http://archlinuxarm.org/os/ArchLinuxARM-rpi-latest.zip

    Now we will need to extract the file

    unzip ArchLinuxARM-rpi-latest.zip

    This will give you the latest dd image for your device the file will be similarly named

    archlinux-hf-2013-07-22.img

    The date will change as new images are updated
    From here you’re going to want to insert your SD-Card that will be for the Raspberry Pi. You will want to make sure you verify the name of your card. On my Arch Laptop my SD-Card is mmcblk0 yours may be different. If you do not use the correct one you run the risk of overwriting import files on your system.
    Now let’s copy the image onto the card

    dd bs=1M if=/path/to/archlinux-hf-2013-07-22.img of=/dev/mmcblk0

    Once dd has completed you will want to eject the card.
    Now go ahead and place the card into your Pi and apply your power source. First boot may take a little time so be patient.
    Your default user and password

    username: root
    password: root

    Some caveats to keep in mind:
    If you’re using a keyboard, mouse, or other USB devices you may need to run them through a powered USB hub. The reason for this is the Pi’s USB port will only handle 140mA, but the limitation has been fixed on newer boards. There is still the possibility to run into power issues, so keep that in mind if you have issues with devices that you’re connecting.

    What kind of projects are you planning with your Raspberry Pi?

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