Raspberry Pi’s Newly Optimised Raspbian OS is Now Available

Just a couple of days after announcing scaled-up mass production of the Raspberry Pi and the opening of unlimited orders for the £25 mini PC board, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the release of its first “Raspbian” SD card image.

The Raspbian Wheezy distribution is a customised version of Debian Linux and is now the recommended operating system to install, according to co-founder Eben Upton.

He says, “Notably, it is the first official image to take full advantage of the Raspberry Pi’s floating point hardware for, amongst other things, much faster web browsing. Users who are still using Debian Squeeze will definitely want to switch to this, as it contains numerous tweaks and performance improvements to the firmware, kernel and applications.”

Eben adds, “Those who are using the recent Debian Wheezy beta will also see a very worthwhile, but somewhat smaller, improvement.”

The download also contains LXDE, Midori, development tools, example source code for multimedia functions and the omxplayer accelerated media player preinstalled.

You can also read about Adam Armstrong’s benchmarking tests to show the benefits of floating point hardware across a range of applications here.

The image is available from Raspberry Pi’s downloads page.

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