How to Install Arch Linux on Raspberry Pi
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
You’re going to need the following to finish this tutorial and assumes you’re following this from a Linux Distro.
First we are going to need to download the image
Now we will need to extract the file
This will give you the latest dd image for your device the file will be similarly named
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
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.
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